Everyone knows that seafood is good for you, right?! Yes, that’s right, your mother was telling you the truth all along. Peas, too. The USDA recommends eating seafood twice weekly for optimal health. Fair warning, we’re pretty sure they weren’t talking about fried seafood, so don’t get too excited and remember to ask for your dinner grilled or blackened!
So, how many Americans actually follow through and eat the right amount of seafood – let alone any seafood period?! The truth is, not too many. Only 1 in 5 Americans is getting the full amount of recommended seafood and reaping the health benefits. And how do we know this? Because, like you, we just read it on the internet, so we know it must be true.
What makes seafood so darn healthy?
1. Rich in Omega-3s: We’ve all heard the TV doctors talking about Omega-3 fatty acids and how they’re good for heart health. Apparently shellfish and other fish are chock full of the stuff. We wouldn’t know the difference between Omega-3, Omega-4 or Omega-5 if it slapped us in the back of the head, but we’re eating the stuff like it’s going out of style.
2. Lessens Risk of Heart Disease: Bummer alert - heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing even more deaths than cancer. Just 8 ounces of fish and shellfish a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 36%?! Nothing to sneeze at, so drop the burger, pal.
3. Longer Life: Research shows that senior adults with higher levels of fatty acid in their systems live longer than those who don’t. And, in case you weren’t paying attention, seafood is a leading dietary source of fatty acids! Eat seafood. Get old. Worst slogan ever.
4. Easy on the Waistline: When comparing beef and seafood, it’s no question that seafood is going to be lower in fat, cholesterol, and calories. OK, it also matters how you prepare it - so make sure you talk to your server on that one
Come on out to Razzoo’s Cajun Café this week and enjoy one of our delicious Cajun seafood dishes– and feel good about yourself knowing you’re doing something great for your health too!
A note from our attorney: The people at Razzoo’s are not doctors (duh) and there is nothing backing up this information but a Google search. They serve seafood and the “facts” they found sounded good to them. Talk to your doctor. Eat what she tells you to eat. Just sayin’.