Be Smart – Eat Smart … the Healthy Facts about Florida Seafood
|April 13, 2012||Posted by Mindy under Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Seafood|
Every year 40 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Of those, less than half are still successfully dieting after six months. Seafood is a great way to tackle both weight loss issues and health issues that many Americans encounter today. Studies have shown that people who eat fish and shellfish on a regular basis are healthier than those who don’t. Seafood is a source of many health benefits including maintaining good eyesight, managing Type 2 Diabetes, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as reducing the risk of many types of cancers.
The fatty acids found in fish – omega-3s – concentrate in the eye and retina and are very important for visual function. Omega-3s can also contribute to the health of brain tissue and may reduce the risk of many types of cancers by 30-50 percent, especially oral, colon, breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Type 2 Diabetes is rapidly increasing among Americans and is more common in people who are overweight and inactive. Unfortunately, once diabetes has developed, heart disease is more likely to follow. Research has shown that eating fish every other week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing blood clots and inflammation and improves blood vessel elasticity. It also lowers blood pressure and helps manage blood sugar levels.
So, the next time you visit your local supermarket or retail store, think about the health benefits of choosing Florida Seafood for your meal and incorporating it into your plan to get healthy in the New Year. In addition to being delicious, it’s an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and proteins and is low in cholesterol and fat.
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