Moms.com – a go-to source for many parents in need of advice on how to keep their kids healthy and happy – published a great article, “Why Many Kids Don’t Eat Seafood & How To Implement It In Their Diet,” with a lot of great reasons to introduce more kids to seafood and with helpful resources and tips on how to do it. Many of the resources are from SNP’s Little Seafoodies campaign.
According to the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, the benefits of seafood for kids are big. Fish and shellfish supply protein, vitamins B-6, B-12, and D, and omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA and EPA) are key nutrients found in seafood. These vitamins and nutrients promote healthy growth and development throughout childhood and can help minimize chronic disease risk later in life.
Kids are not the only ones falling short on seafood consumption. Dietary Guidelines For Americans states that while 3 in 4 Americans consume more than enough meat, poultry, and eggs, nearly 90% of them don’t eat enough seafood. If parents aren’t eating it, their kids aren’t eating it.