Seafood is defined as the edible creatures found in the sea. It includes most of the fish, shellfish (including mollusks and crustaceans), and sea plants like algae and weeds. Fresh water creatures may also be included in the term seafood, so it could be simply pertains to edible aquatic life. Before, some sea mammals such as dolphin and whales are also eaten in some parts in the world. But today, the mostly eaten type of seafood include most of the fishes in both salt and freshwater, seaweeds and algae especially in Asian countries, and shellfishes such as crabs, shells, shrimps, etc.
Many people nowadays enjoy eating seafood, especially fish, not because of the taste only but because of its protein content. Even though fishes today has been having controversies with regards to mercury content that consumers may take, there are several benefits that we need that we can get mostly from fish.
Several argues about the controversies and the benefits. But the real question is does the benefits outweighs the importance of the mercury content controversy of fishes? Knowing that there are researches which proved that consuming fishes decreases the rate of adults having cognitive changes by the age of 65 if they eat fish at least once in a week. And to know that there are fishes such as swordfish and tuna that are said to have traces of mercury. High amount of mercury in the body results to mercury toxicity or mercury poisoning that causes not only physical but also neurological problems. The US government didn’t track these mercury cases so it is really hard to get into conclusions. But whatever it is, you must know that there are several effects that seafood can give you despite all the controversies that you might find more important than listening to all unsure stories. Here are few of the seafood that are found to be very helpful during your weight loss program.
Cod contains a lot of protein and amino acid profile. Many researchers suggest found out that eating at least 5 servings in a week for 2 months can result to an extra 3.8 lbs of weight loss versus those who doesn’t eat cod. Another study also found out that if you eat cod in lunch you will eat 11% less during dinner that those who ate beef on lunch. Pacific cod is the main ingredient for fish and chips and fish sticks. Yes, fryers will not help you lose weight but at least you know what kind of fish helps you to lose them weight.
Light canned tuna is the most affordable seafood for weight loss. Tuna is a good source of DHA or docosahexaenoic acid and omega 3 fatty acid. It is found out that these nutrients turns off your abdominal fat genes. Also, DHA is more effective than EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid when it comes to regulating down the fat genes in about 40 – 70 % more. So would are you going to try tuna or not?
A combination of seaweeds and scallops in your diet for at least 4 weeks can result to reduced body fat and body weight according to a study. Scallops are often not associated with weight loss because of its very popular and very palatable kind of food preparation, the one with a very creamy sauce in restaurants. But what we don’t know is that scallops are very great when it comes to waistline reduction and also for your calories. It is also high in protein that helps you in your weight loss and body building program. There are also a study that uses scallops as a bio active capsule which shows a significant effect on anti-obesity.
Salmons! Although salmon is one of fishes that are oily, it is still effective in weight loss. A study between non- salmon eaters and salmon eaters was done and showed that salmon eaters had reduced inflammation and had the lowest fasting insulin level. There are several studies also suggest that oily fishes are the best fishes to consume during your weight loss program. In fact, 3 servings of 5 oz. of salmon per week can result to a weight loss of at least 2.2 lbs.
Oysters are famous for its aphrodisiac effect although it hasn’t been proved by scientist. Oysters also contains high level of iron and zinc. The zinc content of oysters are enough to fulfill your body’s need to not produce leptin, an “I’m hungry”-hormone, which makes it easier to regulate your appetite. Eating at least 6 oysters will give you a boost of 200 percent of what your body needs.