10 Reasons to Eat More Seafood in 2023
Happy 2023 from the Premier Catch team and Besecker family! We hope you had a great holiday and are feeling excited for the new year. Here are 10 reminders of why it’s more important than ever to eat wild seafood.
1. Immune Boosting
A healthy diet is one of the most simple but effective ways to boost immunity. The omega-3 fatty acids found in wild fish– most abundantly in salmon and sablefish – can reduce existing sources of inflammation and allow your immune system to respond more effectively to acute conditions that need attention. Consistently eating wild-caught seafood also ensures a wider variety of protein sources being eaten regularly, which adds to diversity in amino acids and micronutrients.
2. Nutrient Dense
Wild seafood is packed with many nutrients including high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and various vitamins and minerals. Seafood is also one of the best dietary sources of vitamin D, B12, and selenium.
3. High Omega-3 Content
The high omega-3 content of salmon, sablefish, and tuna are part of why seafood is considered a “superfood.” These healthy fatty acids are beneficial for brain and heart health, reducing inflammation, and are always mentioned within research and articles as one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
4. Clean Protein Source
Seafood is an excellent source of protein, without being high in saturated fats. The protein in seafood is considered a “complete protein” as it provides the proteins our body can make on its own, and the essential proteins our body cannot make, and that we must get from our food. Seafood protein is delicious and bioavailable, meaning its absorption and metabolism in our body is very efficient!
5. Most Sustainable Protein Option
Alaska is the world leader for sustainable fishery management, pioneering the cause and setting the gold standard with science-based practices. The Alaskan Seafood Industry is committed to ensuring the health of future fish populations and surrounding ecosystems for generations to come, through collaborative and science-based resource management. Diets that combine seafood and plants are the most environmentally friendly and sustainable way to eat, emitting the least amount of carbon emissions into the air.
6. Improve your Sleep
Seafood has been shown to benefit sleep as sources like shrimp, crab, and lobsters are high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that our bodies don’t produce on their own. Seafood is also high in Vitamins B6 and B3, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which all help contribute to better sleep.
7. Seafood is Brainfood
Fish contain the essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, that support your brain and nervous system. Consuming adequate amounts of omega-3 also significantly promotes brain growth and development during pregnancy and early life. Healthy brain growth and development can help to support intelligence and learning, development of social skills, fewer behavioral problems, and some studies show a decreased risk of ADHD, autism and cerebral palsy for infants. Most impressively, new studies are finding that omega-3s fight age-related mental decline and can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by almost 50%!
8. Flash Frozen is Fresher
You may be surprised to learn that frozen fish is actually much fresher than the “fresh” fish you see at the grocery store. Premier Catch seafood is flash-frozen at -35° F, minutes to hours after they have been harvested. For reference, your freezer at home is probably set around 0° F so this extreme temperature of -35° F serves to lock in the freshness of the fish and prevent cells from breaking down, ensuring maximum flavor and texture.
Flash freezing fish when it’s harvested not only ensures the moisture and flavor are preserved but also the nutritional value. This is also what makes Premier Catch seafood sashimi grade!
Seafood is an excellent source of protein and essential omega-3s and it provides other vitamins and minerals that are essential for our brains and bodies. According to data from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, the benefits of seafood include a positive effect on anxiety and depression. Vitamin D, magnesium, and zinc are typically low in people fighting depression and these are all found in fish. Furthermore, the American Psychiatric Association claims the fatty acids in fish are an effective aspect of depression treatment.
10. Wild Seafood is Delicious and Easy to Prepare!
As beneficial as seafood is for your health, it is even easier to prepare and enjoy. Check out the Premier Catch recipe blog for recipe inspiration and ideas on how to incorporate seafood in your diet. Don’t forget to eat seafood twice a week to reap the most benefits!
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