With people across the country observing Lent, a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter, it’s time to rethink the standard family meal menu.
Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) encourages eating two servings of seafood per week – as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – to make a positive commitment to your and your family’s health during Lent and throughout the year.
This nearly eight-week period typically calls for a special diet. Specifically, red meat is cut out on Fridays for some and for the entirety of Lent for others. According to Datassential, 26 percent of consumers observe lent and of those, 41 percent said they eat fish on Fridays instead of meat.
“Research from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows eating seafood two to three times per week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause,” said Linda Cornish, president of SNP. “As a lean protein, seafood is a quality source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to human health and development.”
With so many seafood options available, including Alaska pollock, snapper, salmon and more, it can be easy to incorporate this nutritious lean protein into your diet.
During Lent, a number of places offer specials and promotions. Below is a list we've compiled to help you navigate stores and restaurants, while observing the holiday:
For more information about observing Lent and seafood consumption, click here.
What do salmon, walnuts, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil have in common?
They’re all sources of good fats, of course!
Fats play an essential role in human health from head (brain) to toe (joints), and every cell in between, according to Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD. Fats also help us feel full and ensure healthy communication between nerve impulses and the transfer of nutrients through the bloodstream. But not all fats are these “good fats.”
Embrace unsaturated fats found in foods such as walnuts, seeds, plant oils, avocados, and fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, mackerel and herring. In particular, seafood is a good-fat food that supplies the best source of essential omega-3s DHA and EPA, which are polyunsaturated fatty acids that may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. They are essential because your body can't make them.
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Seafood & Healthy Fats
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we shift from a diet high in saturated fats (like those found in meat) to a diet rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats (like those found in seafood, walnuts and avocados). For seafood lovers, that’s no problem! To keep it simple, incorporate a variety of seafood into your meal plan – striving for at least 2-3 servings per week to help ensure that you are meeting your needs for heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. There are so many choices with seafood that you will never get bored – and you may find another favorite fish.
February is American Heart Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading global cause of death each year.
Seafood Nutrition Partnership aims to reduce the risks of heart disease by educating Americans about the health benefits of seafood and building awareness of seafood’s essential nutritional value. Specifically, eating seafood twice a week has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
In fact, a Mediterranean diet that includes seafood at least twice a week reduces the risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in seafood, help your heart in several ways. They curb inflammation in the blood vessels (and the rest of your body). At high doses they also make abnormal heart rhythms less likely and lower your level of blood fats called triglycerides. Finally, they can slow plaque buildup inside the blood vessels.
Additionally, the American Heart Association recommends 1 gram a day of EPA plus DHA for people with heart disease. Eating oily fish is best, but your doctor might recommend a fish oil capsule. If you've had a heart attack, a prescription dose of omega-3s may help protect your heart. Some studies show fewer heart attacks and fewer heart disease deaths among heart attack survivors who boosted their levels of omega-3. Click here to learn which fish is the richest in omega-3s.
Take the Pledge to Eat #Seafood2xWk
Eating seafood regularly can save lives and significantly improve overall health. Consuming two servings each week, as recommended by leading health organizations including the American Heart Association, is an easy way to make a positive commitment to your health and the health of those around you. Click here to take the pledge.
Need somewhere to start? Try this salmon recipe delivers in taste, affordability, and omega-3s.
Cumin Scented Salmon with Black Bean Stew
Created By Chef Kelly Armetta, Hyatt Regency Boston
Cost Per Recipe: $12.16
Omega-3 Per Serving: 500-2000 mg
The staff, Board of Directors, and chef ambassadors of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership invite the public to join us in sharing the health impacts they have achieved through the Healthy Heart Pledge. We invite you to share your story!
Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 with a mission to inspire a healthier America through partnerships and outreach to raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.
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