The holidays are upon us and there's no better way to celebrate family and friends than with delicious seafood. It's often a busy and hectic time, filled with lots of food, so it's important to keep up your omega-3 intake by incorporating more seafood into your celebrations. One way to do so: start with seafood!
We've rounded up some of our top seafood appetizer recipes to help you kick-start your holiday entertaining.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease and Awareness Month, a time to educate and better understand the progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. During the month of November, the Alzheimer’s organizations across the US will be sharing new resources and ways to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, and honoring millions of caregivers.
Here at the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, we’re big on inspiring a healthier America and that includes brain health (in addition to the many other health benefits associated with eating a seafood-rich diet).
It’s not news that seafood is known as the ‘protein with benefits’ – not only is it a lean protein that tastes good, but it’s also packed with health benefits from essential omega-3s. Consuming omega-3s can improve brain health and may help reduce risk of dementia.
A study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine led by Dr. Cyrus Raji, a resident at UCLA, found that people who regularly eat fish have more voluminous brains than those who do not. This study found that eating fish—baked or broiled, never fried—is associated with larger gray matter volumes in brain areas responsible for memory and cognition in healthy elderly people.
"If you have a stronger hippocampus, your risk of Alzheimer's is going to go down," said Dr. Raji.
From pregnant mothers and babies to aging adults, omega-3s are important for brain health throughout the entire lifespan. They help with early cognitive development in the fetus and continue to improve learning and memory in adults.
Here are a couple of ways to increase your omega-3 and seafood intake for a healthier brain:
Hungry for more? Try one of these delicious, easy, and affordable recipes.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, and that is why November is dedicated to education and prevention. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes – that’s nearly 10% of the country – and rates are on the rise.
People who are at risk for and those who have Type 2 diabetes can significantly lower their risk and the side effects by making healthy changes. By trying to make small, incremental improvements to your eating habits, you can make a huge impact on your health outcomes. Remember, your health matters to you and to those who love you! The American Diabetic Association offers recommendations, tips and recipes for balanced meals, including the suggestion to eat (fatty) fish 2-3 times per week.
The type of fat in seafood, heart-healthy omega-3s, “helps prevent clogging of the arteries,” according to the American Diabetes Association, and has so many other benefits – including reducing inflammation, increasing insulin sensitivity, and even improving your mood (with the release of blissful serotonin) (sources below). Simply, omega-3s can improve effectiveness of insulin and reduce many of your diabetic side effects.
Additionally, this chronic disease, one of the leading causes of death in the US, actually has far more reaching side effects. People with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to die from heart attack or stroke (sources below).
This Mustard Baked Mackerel is a great place to start – flavorful, affordable, and most importantly, good for you.
Mustard Baked Mackerel
From SNP Eating Heart Healthy Nutrition Program
Created By Chef Kelly Armetta, Hyatt Regency Boston
Cost Per Recipe: $9.87
Omega-3 Per Serving: 1,500 mg
1 lbs. - Mackerel Fillets
2 - Zucchinis, small, cut into rounds
2 Tbsp. - Mustard, Dijon
1 Tbsp. - Mayonnaise
1 tsp. - Rosemary, Dried
2 Tbsp. - Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper (S&P) to taste
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