Fish is good for you….but many of us don’t eat it.
You've probably heard that seafood is an important part of a healthy diet, especially for children and pregnant women. Chefs, nutritionists and seafood aficionados alike rave about the various health benefits of seafood, offering lean protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Yet U.S. seafood consumption has declined in previous years, averaging around 15.8 pounds annually. While the U.S. ranks third globally for the consumption of fish and shellfish, behind China and Japan, seafood consumption lags far behind meat and poultry as popular meal options. So why aren’t we eating more seafood? A congressionally mandated Food and Drug Administration seafood advisory cautioning mothers against the dangers of mercury-laden seafood provides part of the answer, resulting in a decrease in seafood consumption among these key demographics in the following years. Incorporating seafood into children’s diets is a great way to develop healthy eating habits early on for the entire family, but getting those picky eaters to eat seafood and deciding exactly what species and how much can be complicated!