Fish and Seafood – Part of a Healthy Diet
Maximizing protein content while minimizing fat and calories is a goal of many people who are trying to lose weight, gain fitness or just enjoy a healthier diet. Fish and seafood provide this combination of low fat, low calories and high protein.
In addition, the protective oils in much cold water fish are being studied for their possible role in preventing heart disease and lowering levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Many people have avoided buying more seafood because they were unsure of how to cook and prepare it. So we have upped our fish meals to take away that strain.
While such dishes can sometimes be a challenge, it’s important to add fish to your diet. So now, you no longer have to worry about how to prepare it.
Many nutritionists recommend that everyone eat fish at least twice a week. Adding low fat, low-calorie fish dishes thus replacing more calorie-dense, fatty meats is a great way to lower the amount of total fat in your diet, and this can boost your level of fitness or help you lose weight.
The amount of protein in fresh and even frozen seafood is very high, certainly comparable to higher fat sources like beef, pork and lamb. And fish is generally thought to be a healthier choice since all that protein comes with less fat and fewer calories. Everyone knows about the importance of protein in the diet, for both children and adults. Protein is a vital building block of muscle, and it plays a role in repairing muscle damage, growing strong nails and hair and other important bodily functions.
On the topic of protein, whilst it is found mainly in animal-based foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy products, there are plant-based sources of protein as well including peanut butter, lentils, peas and nuts.
You may have heard that salmon contains a lot of fat, and it is true that salmon does contain more fat than much other fish. Compared to high-fat meats like sausage and bacon, however, salmon is still a relatively low-fat source of protein. It is also worth considering the type of fat it contains. Most meats contain saturated fats, which are solid at room temperature. Unlike cattle, pigs and other land animals, the fat in fish is of the polyunsaturated variety. Polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, and they are much healthier.
This is yet another feature that makes seafood so appealing as a source of protein. Fish contains just as much protein as many of these higher fats, higher-calorie sources. Eating fish provides – shall we say – provides a greater protein bang for the buck than many other sources.