Lowering Diabetes by Consuming Seafood • Seafood Nutrition Partnership

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. There are numerous health benefits of seafood, so make the switch! 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 there are so many other benefits of seafood – 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), which can be lowered by the numerous benefits in seafood.

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
Serves: 4
Cost Per Serving: $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 to taste


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix mustard, mayonnaise and S&P, to taste.
  • Lightly coat sheet pan with a little olive oil. Place fish onto pan and lightly spread mustard mixture on fish.
  • Mix zucchini and rosemary with S&P and remaining olive oil. Spread zucchini in single layer around fish, or on a separate sheet pan.
  • Bake mackerel and zucchini in oven for 15 minutes.
  • Serving Suggestion: Can be served with brown rice or wild rice.


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