:  How much seafood should I enjoy?

:  You may be surprised to learn that it is more than you are probably already eating! Health experts with the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and the American Heart Association recommend that everyone eat at least 8-12 ounces (6 to 9 ounces after cooking) of seafood each week, with at least one serving of a fish highest in omega-3 oils such as all species of salmon or farmed Idaho rainbow trout. Click here for more information about how much and how often to eat fish.

 

:  Is seafood good for the heart?

:  Yes.and easier to eat than to explain! Fish contain two tongue-twisting compounds: docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, the omega-3 fatty acids known more commonly as DHA and EPA. These healthy oils help the heart by maintaining its normal rhythms, lowering blood pressure, lowering the chance of blood clots, and reducing the chances of heart attacks and stroke. For more information about heart-healthy fish see the American Heart Association .

 

:  Is seafood truly "brain food"?

:  Yes! The omega-3 oils present in fish are essential for healthy brain and eye development both before and after birth. Medical research also strongly suggests that omega-3 oils found in fish may fight off symptoms of depression. Click here to find out more about omega-3 fatty acids.

Seafood on the King's Fish House menu containing omega-3 oils are:

All species of Clams
Pacific Cod
Maryland Blue Crab
Oregon Dungeness Crab
Alaskan Halibut
Maine and Spiny Lobster
Ecuadorian Mahi-Mahi

Prince Edward Island Mussels
All Farmed Oysters
Farmed Idaho Rainbow Trout
British Columbian Rockfish
All species of Salmon

Eastern Sea Scallops
All species of Shrimp
Pacific Swordfish
Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna
Lake Superior Whitefish.

 

:  Will seafood help me slim down?

:  Yes! Fish and shellfish offer a lean source of healthy protein, providing essential amino acids. It's also easily digestible and low in fat: most seafood contains less than 5 percent fat.

Seafood on the King's Fish House menu with 5 percent fat or less are:

Farmed Catfish
All Species of Clams
Pacific Cod
Maryland Blue Crab
Oregon Dungeness Crab

Alaskan Halibut
Maine Lobster
Ecuadorian Mahi-Mahi
All Farmed Oysters
Farmed Idaho Rainbow Trout

Scallops
All Species of Shark
All Species of Shrimp
Squid
Albacore and Yellowfin Tuna

 

:   I am expecting a baby and my doctor suggests that I eat seafood to get healthy omega-3 fatty acids into my diet. Which seafood is best for my baby?

:   Some fish contain higher amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) than others. The fish on our menu highest in omega-3 fatty acids include: all species of salmon, farmed Idaho rainbow trout, and Lake Superior whitefish.

Other fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids but not currently on our menu are: anchovies, Atlantic mackerel, herring, Kona Kampachi T , and sardines.

 

:   While I am pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or nursing, are there some fish I should avoid eating due to mercury?

:    This question has caused much confusion. General health advice remains the same: most of us should eat more fish. Pregnant and nursing women, however, should be watchful about what they eat since mercury can affect the developing nervous system of their child. For this reason, health experts recommend that pregnant women or those preparing for pregnancy, nursing women (since mother's milk will carry mercury), and children under six years of age avoid king mackerel, shark, swordfish, tilefish and fresh or frozen tuna. So, while dining at King's Fish House, choose fish higher in omega-3 fatty acids and lower in mercury, such as all species of salmon, farmed Idaho rainbow trout, and Lake Superior whitefish.

 

:   What about tuna fish sandwiches?

:   Here, too, health experts recommend that pregnant or nursing women and young children eat just four ounces per week of white canned tuna (albacore). Light canned tuna has even lower mercury content and eight ounces per week can safely be eaten.

 

:   I love raw oysters and sushi! Are these safe to eat when I am pregnant? And should my young child eat raw seafood?

:   Some raw seafood can contain harmful bacteria affecting people with compromised immune systems and women who are pregnant or nursing. We recommend that pregnant women and young children should only eat fish that has been cooked. After your baby is born, it would be acceptable for you to start eating raw seafood again.

 

:   I have heard that farm-raised salmon contains polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Should I be concerned?

:   No. General health advice remains constant: most of us should eat more fish. We have referred to heath experts from around the country who have evaluated the studies making these claims and found that the levels of PCBs in farmed salmon are extremely low and should not concern consumers. Salmon, whether farmed or wild, remains one of the best fish that you can eat since it is both high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in contaminants such as mercury and PCBs. To reduce contaminants which store in a fish's fat, trim the visible fat and remove the skin. Also, grill or broil your fish to reduce the fat. Click here for a comparison on the risks and benefits of fish consumption.

 

:   Are the fish that I catch safe to eat?

:   Check your state government's "Fish Consumption Advisory" and avoid eating fish that are heavily contaminated with pollutants. If you are unsure about the safety of the fish you caught, be safe-"catch and release."

 

:   Where can I find more information about seafood and health?

:   We will continue to update this information as new scientific findings emerge. The references we've selected for your use are reputable and esteemed institutions that will help guide you and answer your questions.

 

Remember, if health is your wish, eat more fish!

Here are a few reliable websites:

 

"Overall, for major health outcomes among adults, the benefits of eating fish greatly outweigh the risks."

- Harvard University School of Public Health

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