eafood’s health benefits are just too numerous to count evidenced by the mountains of medical studies that show how seafood improves overall health. However, most Americans fall short of eating the recommended amount of seafood. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), American Heart Association (AHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) — all recommend two servings per week because seafood is low in total fat, high in protein, and rich in vitamins and minerals, like selenium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins. At a time when Americans are told to limit so many foods, seafood is among the handful of foods Americans are encouraged to eat more often.
Additionally, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends a diet that is lower in red and processed meat. This trend is really catching on — research from the Technomic C-O-P Seafood & Vegetarian Consumer Trend Report 2015 shows that 72% of consumers who eat more seafood than two years ago do so for health reasons and 50% do so in lieu of eating meat.