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Benefits of Seafood

If you are looking for a flavorful, easy to prepare dish with perfect health benefits, seafood is the tastiest way to go. Recommended by the USDA, you should include seafood into your diet 2 – 3 meals a week for maximum health benefits. Currently some of the most popular seafood consumed by Americans includes Shrimp, Salmon, Tuna, Cod, and Crab. The lot goes far beyond that and if it’s in the ocean, Samuels can get it for you.

Flavors of the Sea:
If you are new to seafood, you may be curious about what the sea tastes like. Seafood is very diverse and has unique taste and texture qualities compared to meat products.

Fish – There are many different species with a range of flavors. Some are fattier, oilier fish with dark meat and a strong sea flavor. Others are leaner with snow white or pink, flakey meat, with a mild flavor. Most fish are excellent for cooking, but many are of the highest grade of fish, fit for crudo dishes like sashimi. Flavors and textures vary, but raw fish is most often described as smooth, buttery, and rich.

Crustaceans – Common crustaceans include Shrimp, Lobster, Crabs, and Crawfish. Unique by species, they have firm, smooth, white meat with a mild sweet flavor.

Shellfish – Shellfish include Mussels, Oysters, Clams, and Scallops. They have a briny flavor and firm, tender texture with a creamy center.

Squid and Octopus – When cooked properly, they have a luxurious meaty texture with a mild flavor.

Being versatile, seafood can be cooked in many ways, taking on the flavors that you cook with.

Ways to cook seafood:

  • Grilled
  • Sautéed
  • Broiled
  • Fried
  • Baked
  • Steamed

Some of the reasons eating seafood is beneficial is for all of the health benefits it provides. Seafood is a low calorie source of protein, full of vitamins and minerals, which help maintain healthy body functioning.

Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, some health professionals suggest that seafood can help with the following:

  • Protect from diseases like cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease.
  • Help decrease the risk of depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, diabetes
  • Aid in healthy brain function and infant development of vision and nerves during pregnancy.
  • Help release symptoms of asthma in children.
  • Improve memory problems.