February is National Canned Food Month, a great opportunity to update your ‘cantry’ with some seafood staples. Did you know that cans are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get seafood in your kids’ lunch boxes and on the dinner table?
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.
Scientific Paper Shows Seafood Consumption Critical for Brain Development
SCIENTIFIC REVIEW SHOWS CHILDREN CAN GAIN AN AVERAGE OF 7.7 FULL IQ POINTS >>> New research published by 13 leading dietary fats scientists highlights the tremendous health benefits from consuming seafood for infant and adolescent brain development.
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