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May 05, 2017

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average American eats about one serving of seafood a week. And, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates pregnant women eat less than half a serving. Additionally, consumer survey data from SeaPak shows 91 percent of parents with children 12 years and younger say their children eat seafood less than twice a week. Misinterpretation of FDA advice may contribute to these low consumption numbers. The new Dietary Guidelines provide further support for a call to update FDA advice, which experts say "may be inadvertently causing harm."  

"Seafood has gotten lost in the American diet and as a result, we are missing out on the meaningful health benefits that the omega-3s in seafood provide," said Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD, manager of nutrition communication for the National Fisheries Institute. "The new Dietary Guidelines provide the scientific rationale for the health benefits and now we need to focus on making fish and shellfish a more regular part of our meals."

Ideas for eating more seafood to make it easier to meet the new Dietary Guidelines recommendations include:

Swap out the same old proteins ?? Take recipes you're already familiar with and replace the usual protein with seafood. Beef burgers become salmon burgers or chicken quesadillas become canned tuna quesadillas.  Think beyond lunch and dinner ?? Seafood can be a part of snacks, appetizers and even breakfastnsider convenient forms ?? Whether fresh, frozen or canned, seafood is healthful and full of nutrients. The important thing is to choose light cooking methods like grilling and broiling instead of frying. 

SOURCE National Fisheries Institute