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Seafood Part of a Healthy Diet

Seafood Part of a Healthy Diet

Seafood is generally recommended as a part of a healthy diet, and this suggestion is a correct one.

Seafood is generally known for its nutritional value. It contains vitamins and minerals, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. The benefits help one’s entire body. Even so, the regular intake of seafood within one’s diet is not so smooth sailing for every species. While various factors play into seafood’s role in our diets, seafood remains a particularly healthy choice nevertheless.

Nutritional Value

Seafood, from fish to shellfish, have a rich array of health benefits. Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, asthma, and other ailments. The vitamins and minerals in seafood help the brain to function better and bones to grow strong. Blue crab meat in particular has shown to contain the highest amount of protein, an essential building block of tissues, blood cells, and bone for your body. The nutritional value in seafood can benefit the consumer by increasing immunity as well.


However, because seafood once was a population of living creatures swimming about in an ocean, sea, bay, river, or other area and were wild, there are several risks to look out for in consuming seafood. 

First, not all seafood contains the same amount of nutritional value. Some species of fish contain far less omega 3 fatty acids than other types of fish or seafood, and so don’t provide that benefit. Some are more exposed to mercury than others also. Thankfully, this may not be such a concern for crab lovers, since mercury build-up tends to happen to larger fish in the ocean. 

Another concern is with one of its benefits, protein. In the United States, we may be consuming more protein than we need, making this facet of seafood more harm than good. Lastly, there is the concern of sustainability. We do not want to eat seafood, or a species of seafood regularly, if that species will suffer from overharvesting.


In summary, seafood can have a rich nutritional value, depending on the species. Blue crab is a particularly health-laden meat that can boost the brain, heart, bones, and tissue. There are risks or disadvantages in eating seafood, such as overconsumption of protein or of a certain species. Also, not all fish have great levels of omega 3 fatty acids. If someone is allergic to fish or shellfish, they can receive the same nutrition through other foods. Regardless, seafood is still a healthy and delicious choice. 

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