October is National Seafood Month! Seafood is a superfood and the good news is Americans are eating more seafood. In 2017, one third of Americans said they increased their seafood consumption. Unfortunately, only 1 in 10 Americans meet the recommendation to eat seafood twice per week. The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, Pediatric, Alzheimer’s and Psychiatric Associations recommend that eating seafood two to three times per week can reduce your risk of death from chronic disease by a whopping 17 percent.
You can also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce triglycerides in your blood, increase your HDL cholesterol, help with neurological development in infants, promotes vision development and maintenance, and help build muscle. Americans also are not getting enough of the good-for-you fat, omega-3 fatty acids which are key for a healthy brain and heart. Pregnant women and babies need seafood, too! Did you know? Kid’s whose moms ate seafood twice a week had a higher IQ when they reached school age.
The top seafood people are eating in the United States are shrimp, salmon, canned tuna and tilapia. What about all of the others? Smoked salmon, Mahi Mahi, cod, and trout are great options, too! If you’re looking for >1000mg of Omega 3s per serving pick up Atlantic salmon, sardines, swordfish or trout!
Frozen fish are usually put on ice right away after being caught even out on the boats. Although sometimes fresh fish might have a better taste, but both frozen and fresh are just as nutritious for you! Thaw properly by keeping it in the refrigerator overnight or in a plastic bag in cold water for 30 minutes.
Seafood should be kept in the fridge below 40 degrees until cooking. Just like you do with poultry and beef, you should wash your hands after handing raw seafood. Fish cooks very quickly, in general, 10 minutes per inch of thickness will cook it through. Cook until 145 degrees, fish should flake when it’s fully cooked. Pink shrimp have already been cooked, but can be lightly sautéed or grilled for extra flavor!
Fresh Thyme carries around 20 various seafood items in the meat and seafood counter, but has an entire cooler dedicated to frozen fish and seafood!