Seasonal eating is eating food when it is at its peak, or eating foods at the same time they are being harvested or grown. One of the major benefits of seasonal eating is that you will save money. Due to an increase in supply, the cost of production and distribution decreases. Another major benefit is that the quality of the food you consume improves.
While many may associate seasonal eating with foods such as fruits and vegetables, many don’t realize it applies to seafood as well. Seafood populations can migrate in and out of local fishing grounds, therefore affecting population numbers. This is why prices for seafood vary by month and by season.
In an effort to eat healthy and save money, let’s incorporate in-season seafood and produce into our diets each season. Our friends at Seattle Fish Co. have compiled a beautiful seasonality chart broken down by regional fish and month. We have pulled the information below from that chart, but we recommend checking out their resource as well.
Farm-raised seafood provides a constant supply, so seafood such as catfish, tilapia, salmon, clams, and mussels are at their peak year-round.
This is a summary of an article posted on health.gov; click HERE for full article
By Julia Quam, MSPH, RDN and Kellie Casavale, PhD, RD, Nutrition Advisor, ODPHP
Health professionals can help patients and clients understand how seafood consumption supports an overall healthy eating pattern. A healthy eating pattern incorporates a variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy, and protein foods, while limiting saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium. These strategies can help health professionals encourage patients and clients to incorporate seafood into their own healthy eating patterns.
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