At this point, I think most of us are aware of the benefits of eating seafood… lean protein, omega 3 fatty acids, good for your heart/brain/eyes, etc. I hear it all the time: “Eat more seafood!” To really emphasize the point, the US government (Department of Health and Human Services) just released their updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in which they recommend everyone increase their seafood intake from an average of 3.5 ounces a week to at least 8 ounces a week.
So, we know we should be eating more, but it’s easier said than done and I see three major obstacles preventing Americans from eating more seafood.
- It’s hard to know what types of seafood to buy. We are constantly bombarded by the media with news of fish stocks collapsing, mercury laden something-or-other, studies and “experts” contradicting each other, blah, blah, blah. It is confusing and intimidating.
- I hear a lot of people complaining that they can’t afford to eat seafood. Some types of seafood can be expensive, and that leads people to think of it as a luxury item as opposed to an everyday food item.
- Many people just don’t know what to do with it. I am married to a fisherman and still get stumped trying to come up with something the whole family will like. Nothing spells discouragement like a dry overcooked bland fish.
This is my take on the situation, but I realize I have way more to say (and advice to give) about each of these three points – more than I could fit in one blog post. So, I will break it up into three separate posts, one for each issue.
In the meantime, I would like to hear some other opinions on the matter. Why do you think Americans don’t eat enough seafood? How can we switch our mindset into thinking of seafood as a basic protein like chicken or beef?
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