Seafood Smarts

A Dive into Benefits for Kids

The benefits of seafood for kids are big! Fish and shellfish supply the nutrients, vitamins and omega-3s essential for strong bones, brain development, and healthy heart and immune system.

Protein, vitamins B-6, B-12 and D, and omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA and EPA) are key nutrients found in seafood that promote healthy growth and development throughout childhood, and can help minimize chronic disease risk later in life.

Despite everything we know about the importance of seafood for growing minds, overall, kids are only getting about 40% of the omega-3s EPA+DHA recommended by the National Academy of Medicine.

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Top 6 Secrets to Getting Kids to Eat More Seafood

Top 6 Secrets to Getting Kids to Eat More Seafood

The benefits of seafood for kids are big! So how do moms get their kids to eat more of this delicious, nutritious food? We talked to hundreds of moms and asked top nutrition experts and chefs for their input - all parents with tested-true tips.

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