Seafood gets straight As. Research shows that seafood nutrition benefits students of all ages. That’s why the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and American Academy of Pediatrics both say kids should eat fish at least twice a week.
Seafood earns top grades in many ways:
A+ for needed nutrients
Seafood is rich in nutrients needed for growth and development, including vitamins A and D, necessary for eye and bone development, and omega-3 fats (EPA and DHA), essential for growth and brain development. Many species contain high levels of vitamin D and calcium, and most shellfish pumps the iron.
A+ for kids in the classroom
Did you know kids who eat fish at least once per week may do better in school? Research shows an association between fish intake and better grades!
The benefits of seafood go beyond just grades.
- Feed your brain: studies show fish eaters have bigger memory and learning centers.
- Better your sight: along with supporting healthy eye development, omega-3s support our ability to detect light.
- Have D for your bones: just one serving of salmon can provide 100% of the daily recommended value for vitamin D.
A+ for versatility
Contrary to popular opinion, many seafood varieties have mild flavor that suits a variety of your children’s favorite dishes. Shrimp and white fish such as cod, tilapia or Alaska pollock are great in tacos, quesadillas, pasta dishes and more.
There are so many types of seafood to choose from. Frozen and canned varieties are easy to prepare and serve.
And that’s just some of the reasons kids should eat fish!