Health Benefits Of Seafood

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Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 18:44 [IST]
 
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Seafood is one of the most famous and delicious foods in the world. All the residents of coastal regions love to hog on seafood. Basically seafood comprises of fish, crabs, lobsters, oysters, snails etc. These seafood dishes are tempting and loved by non-vegetarians. If seafood is your staple diet food, you would be happy to know its health benefits. Check out...

Health benefits of seafood:

Low in fat: If you are a diet conscious foodie, then you would be surprised to know that seafood is low in fats and calories. Fish and shellfish for example are low in saturated fat. While few seafood contain cholesterol that can increase the bad cholesterol levels. So, be careful while picking up a seafood from the menu. Lean meat, fish, salmon, prawns are few healthy seafoods that are low in saturated fats. You can have ample amounts of seafood without worrying about weight gain!

Health Benefits Of Seafood

Proteins: This is another health benefit of seafood. Seafood like fish is stuffed with Omega 3 fatty acids ( a fatty acid that is known for controlling heart conditions). If you have sufficient amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, you will definitely have a healthy heart. This fatty acid also helps you have a glowing skin that is free from wrinkles and fine lines. Salmon, sardines and mackerel are few Omega 3 fatty acids rich seafood.

Heart healthy: As seafood is good for the heart, it can be easily included in the diet. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the blood triglyceride levels that are responsible for heart diseases. They are also low in cholesterol so, you can have seafood to have a healthy heart.

Vitamins and minerals rich food: Another well known health benefit of seafood is, it is rich in vitamins and minerals. When compared to other non-vegetarian foods like meat or eggs, seafood, especially fish and crabs, are rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, iodine, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and calcium to name a few.

Fish: This is one healthy seafood that is low in calories and cholesterol. Fish is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Thus having prawns and salmon is good for your body as they are healthy. Having fish 2-3 times a week can be beneficial for heart patients. Fish is also good to improve your complexion and eye sight. Thus, you can have fish to have a healthy body and beautiful skin.

These are few health benefits of seafood. Seafood is also good for pregnant women as they are rich in vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids. But, make sure that you have limited amounts of seafood. This is because excessive consumption of seafood can be unhealthy as few seafood items are rich in saturated fats.

Story first published:  Thursday, August 16, 2012, 18:32 [IST]
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