enjoy fresh Louisiana Seafood for National Seafood Month
October is National Seafood Month, and living in close proximity to the Gulf Coast gives us so many opportunities to celebrate the occasion! The Louisiana shrimp are fantastic, the gulf oysters are entering their prime season, and the Louisiana blue crabs have never been better.
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The USDA’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released last week, encourage Americans to eat more seafood to support health and nutrition.
The guidelines recommend that Americans eat at least eight ounces of a variety of seafood per week, for those eating a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet, with the aim to take in at least 250 mg. per day of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
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In recent years, people have become more conscious of healthy eating and want to eat lighter foods. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times per week. This means two servings of 3.5 ounces of cooked fish or about ¾ cup of flaked fish.
Fish is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids and it’s usually low in saturated fat. Eating fish is believed to reduce the risk of dying of heart disease, and a recent study found eating baked or broiled fish weekly boosts brain health.
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