As we all know the sea is vast, home to millions of sea life creatures that we do consume. I love seafood to the point I was a pescatarian for nearly a year, but this was for health reasons. Wanted to really see how it would effect me and I can say I felt light refreshed and energetic. Not that I wasn’t before, but I did feel a difference. So I would highly recommend to try it out.
Being that their are numerous aquatic animals that are edible the most common types are split into various groups. These are fish, shellfish and invertebrates. Where when it comes to fish their are fresh water (Trout, Cod, Eel), salt water (Herring, Snapper, Mackerel), flat (Plaice, Halibut, Sole, Skate) and round fish (Mackerel, Salmon, Mullet). Shellfish are split into crustaceans (Crab, Prawns, Scampi, Crayfish) and molluscs (Oysters, Mussels, Scallops, Clams). Lastly the invertebrates (Cuttlefish, Octopus, Squid).
They all have different benefits with the omega fatty acids being a major compound amongst them. Here are my opinion of a few common fish and their benefits.
Sea bass – A great Source of calcium and Iron. Not the same as the one in vegetables, it does keep the blood healthy to prevent anaemia. It is also a good source of Vitamin B12 (Grill the fish to retain the B12 Vitamins)
Prawns & Lobster – Being both members of the crustacean family they both boast of similar benefits such as Selenium (antioxidant to maintain healthy cells), Zinc (developing a healthy immune system), Magnesium, Copper (both for strong bones), B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Personally one of my favourites as I can add them with anything.
Mackerel – I would consider this one a superfood of the sea world, providing cancer fighting agents, improve healthy brain development, great source of protein (strong immune system, healthy hair and proper fluid balance), Selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D, B-12.
Snapper – I would say great in a curry or stew due to the firm texture, but pan fried, poached etc is still great. Massive producer of Vitamins B-12. It also produces Serotonin (the happy chemical to me and you ladies and gentlemen).
Salmon – One of the favourites amongst many, packed also Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), Potassium, B Vitamins, Antioxidants and may help with weight control.
Cod – Being meaty fish its loaded with flavour. Having many benefits as the other fish (Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin B-12) It also Has the following Vitamins E, A and C.
Mussels – Great with white wine and pasta, bust also great for the blood. Lowers blood pressure, helps blood vessels which in turn keeps your heart beating regularly. Also great as it doesn’t have much calories.
So with alll that said please do watch the amount of mercury you consume as fish produce large amounts of this in our diet once consumed.
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