Consumers Favor More Seafood

Fish is an appetite suppressant, health benefits of crawfish & other good news

An increasing awareness of health issues in the United Kingdom is making consumers consider more carefully what they eat and as a result, fish and shellfish could–and should–benefit from this.

It is a little-known fact that fish is an appetite suppressant. Trials have shown that eating fish stopped people feeling hungry sooner than other protein foods such as beef and chicken. It is also more satisfying than other high-protein foods, according to Anna Karin Lindroos from the Elsie Widdowson Laboratory in Cambridge in the U.K., who conducted the trials.

Lean (white, non-oily) fish has a low energy density combined with high protein levels, she said. “Of the main protein foods, fish has the highest volume but contains the lowest number of calories.” Read more about consumers’ attitudes toward seafood and the benefits of consuming seafood at SeafoodSource. 

USDA Guidelines Recommend More Seafood

Deanie’s Stuffed Flounder with crabmeat dressing  

Across the pond, the USDA also is encouraging Americans to eat more seafood in its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  

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. Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding are recommended to eat at least eight ounces of seafood per week to improve infant health outcomes.

Currently, only one in 10 Americans eats seafood at least twice a week, so the dietary guidelines also include recommendations to guide Americans on how to incorporate more seafood into their diets.


Health Benefits of Crawfish: Low Calorie, High Protein

Louisiana’s favorite crustacean, crawfish, are a staple of Southern cuisine. They also provide some impressive health benefits. Low in calories, Louisiana Wild crawfish are a low-fat source of protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and they have nearly half the calories of roasted, skinless chicken breast.

  • Crawfish is packed with high-quality protein. A 5-ounce serving of crawfish contains close to 25 grams of protein.
  • Crawfish are low in fat and contain only trace amounts of carbohydrates.
  • Crawfish are high in B Vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorous.
  • A 3-ounce serving of cooked crawfish contains 70 calories and 14 grams of protein.


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