Seafood is a great addition to a healthy diet at any age. From fish to clams to lobsters, seafood is generally low in calories, and packed with beneficial nutrients such as protein, Vitamin D, and essential fatty acids!
Here are some health benefits of seafood that you should know:
1. Seafood is a source of high-quality protein
Protein is important for building and repairing body tissue and muscle. It’s also the most satiating macronutrient which means including protein in your meals will help you feel fuller.
The Health Promotion Board recommends having fish as your source of protein at least twice a week. They’re a lean source of high-quality protein, providing more protein per calorie than red meat which can also sometimes be fatty.
2. Rich in Omega-3s
Seafood is low in saturated fat (bad fat) and naturally high in polyunsaturated fat (good fat). That includes omega-3 essential fatty acids such as DHA and EPA that support brain and eye development. As our body cannot produce these fatty acids, it’s important that we get them from our food. In fact, seafood is the only food that contains a naturally high amount of these omega-3 fatty acids!
Furthermore, consuming a variety of seafood is not only delicious but provides multiple benefits. Some seafood that are especially high in omega-3 include shellfish such as mussels and clams, and fatty/oily fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Hence, enjoying a mixture of seafood can give you a myriad of nutrients.
3. Good for the Heart
The high amount of omega-3 fatty acids is what makes seafood heart-healthy. Many studies have shown that consuming foods rich in DHA and EPA regularly can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of chronic heart diseases and cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attacks.
DHA and EPA can also be obtained from fish oil capsules - but it’s best to always get them from food first.
4. Variety of Vitamins
Some of the essential vitamins that seafood generally contains are Vitamin B6 and B12, iron, zinc, folate, and selenium.
Additionally, fatty/oily fish also contain fat-soluble vitamins A and D.
Fish with edible soft bones such as sardines are also a great source of calcium!
These vitamins all play a part in supporting our bodily functions, growth and development, as well as our immune system.
With all these amazing health benefits of seafood, we bet you’ll be rushing to sail out to sea (or the seafood aisle) for your next big catch!
Lucky for you, we at Kidslovr are celebrating this June with a Seafood Bonanza! We’ve got scrumptious seafood galore, from Frozen (Cooked) Boston Lobsters to prawns, fish, clams and Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi, available at a great price!
Also, order up our Frozen Boston Lobster Bundle before 18 June to enjoy an additional 25% off!
If you’re looking for some cooking inspiration, here are some easy seafood recipes to try!
What are you waiting for? All hands on deck and unleash the kraken!
Adlyn Abdul Halim
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