Christmas is approaching and with it come wishes, sorrows, meals, dinners, family and rich foods, among many other things. Today we tell you why you should choose seafood for this time of year
With the arrival of the end of the year and the general drop in prices due to the coronavirus, it is more than likely that these Christmas holidays you will dine or eat more than one seafood.
Prawns, mussels, oysters, barnacles, clams, scallops, lobsters ... everything is very good and although it is always expensive, we usually make an extra effort on special dates, such as Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. This year, in addition, the effort will be less, since there is more supply than demand, which will lower the price of these fish.
If you like them or if you are on a diet, we have happy news for you, because seafood is very good for losing weight and for being healthy, in general. Although they have contraindications (cause allergies and contain pollutants and heavy metals), they are highly recommended for human consumption, according to nutrition experts. Let's see some of its advantages.
Seafood is not fattening
One of the good parts of consuming seafood is that it hardly makes us fat. Seafood is low in calories and rich sources of lean protein, healthy fats, and contains many micronutrients.
For 85 grams of seafood (less than half a cup, approximately), we will consume about 70 calories. All seafood has more or less the same calories.
Oysters and mussels contain the fattest, although most of it is in the form of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your health.
In addition, seafood is rich in iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B12, all of which serve important functions in the body.
Thus, seafood is not fattening. However, to take better advantage of the nutrients in these foods, it is recommended to consume them steamed or baked instead of fried or breaded, since this way we will avoid taking extra calories, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy ingredients, in short.
Seafood can help you lose weight
In addition to not making us fat (as long as we eat it wisely, it is understood), consuming seafood can help us lose weight, something that does not hurt after the accumulated kilos that we have this year.
Also, seafood is packed with protein, which will keep you satiated for longer and prevent you from eating more than necessary or other not so 'light' foods. This feeling of satiety is also caused by the omega-3 fatty acids that these fish contain.
This omega-3 content is also great for the heart. In this regard, a study of 18,244 healthy men in China found that those who ate more than 200 grams of seafood rich in omega-3s per week were 59% less likely to die of a heart attack than those who ate less than 50 grams per week.
And last but not least, is shown that eating seafood regularly, especially oysters, clams, mussels, lobster and crab- can improve our level of zinc and our immune function in general.
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