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Eat Healthy, Eat Fresh Seafood

Contributed by: Coleen Panetti of Happy Seafood

Prepared to perfection, fresh seafood can make you want to be on a seafood diet for ever. Seafood is much healthier for you than eating red or white meats that contain lots of fats.

Fresh seafood does not always mean that it has not been frozen; it sometimes means that it was frozen fresh. After all, if you didnít buy it frozen, you would be limited to only a few choices of seafood instead of being able to enjoy seafood from around the world.

If you decide that really fresh, unfrozen seafood is what you prefer, there are a few things to look for to ensure you are really receiving fresh seafood. The first thing you look at are the eyes, make sure they are clear, not bulging. Next the gills should be red, not even slightly pink. The flesh of the fish should feel firm. Most importantly the fish should not have a fishy smell to it. To keep the seafood from going bad you should store it at 39 degrees and cook it as soon as possible. Remember, if there is any doubt as to whether seafood is fresh or not, donít take a chance on eating it. Seafood that has spoiled can make you very sick.

The best way to cook seafood is when it is still frozen. A lot of people prefer the taste of it when it has been cooked on a barbeque grill. Wrapping it in foil helps give it the most favorable taste possible. Seafood can also be cooked in a frying pan, or baked in an oven. If you do thaw out the seafood before cooking it, then you have to make sure it is cooked immediately upon thawing and should never be refrozen.

Seafood is good for you because it is low in fat and high in protein. Most fish contain oils that are called omega-3. These oils can help prevent some diseases and treat certain types of illness. The eel is one type of seafood that contains a high fat content, but only a very few types of seafood contain fat. Being on a seafood diet can be considered a very smart and healthy thing to do.

There is a long list of diseases that eating fresh fish can help prevent. In countries where the women eat less red meat and more seafood, they have less problems with breast cancer. Another disease that seafood seems to help prevent is Alzheimerís. You can also take fish oil instead of eating seafood if you prefer.

Seafood is a great source for women to receive iron and iodine, which are two vitamins that help your thyroids. If you want to add iron and zinc to your diet try eating scallops and mussels. By eating seafood on a regular basic you can enjoy many healthy benefits.


Coleen Panetti is the owner of Happy Seafood which is a premier source of information about Seafood. For more information, go to:



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