Seafood is an important part of a well balanced diet. Seafood is a great source of high-quality protein, is low in saturated fat, and is rich in many vitamins and minerals. Seafood is the source of most of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, found in the American diet.
The heart-healthy benefits of seafood are so pronounced that the American Heart Association recommends at least two servings per week. Studies show that people who eat seafood may be less likely to suffer from bipolar disorder and it can also help an individuals’ battle with depression.
A Louisiana State University food science professor is working on a study that shows oysters could help prevent breast cancer. Dr. Jack Losso is leading research testing fat cells from Louisiana oysters as an alternative to chemotherapy treatments.
In general, seafood is one of the most nutritionally balanced foods. A seafood diet helps control weight and goes a long way toward preventing heart disease.