How much seafood is enough?
Children in the U.S. are not eating enough seafood. That’s according to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
In it, parents are encouraged to eliminate some of the red meat and chicken in their diet for 1-2 weekly servings of fish and shellfish. The recommendation cites the high-quality proteins and nutrients and lack of sugars and saturated fats in seafood.
“Many types of seafood are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower your cholesterol and triglycerides,” says Dr. Matt Smiley, a pediatrician and medical director of the Healthy Active Living Program for Kids at Advocate Children’s Hospital. “Eating fish at least twice a week can be very helpful for lowering your risk for heart disease, and the benefits are cumulative, so starting early is critical.”
“For families who eat meat, fish should be a welcome part of a child’s diet,” said the report’s lead author Dr. Aaron Bernstein said in a statement.
“We’re encouraging pediatricians to ask families about fish and shellfish consumption — since most children don’t eat much beyond the occasional fish sticks — and advise them on the healthiest choices,” he said.
The AAP suggests parents shop for the healthiest choices, for example — sustainably caught or raised fish and shellfish.
About the Author
Evonne Woloshyn, health enews contributor, is director of public affairs at Advocate Children's Hospital. Evonne began her career as an anchor and reporter in broadcast news. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in health care marketing in both Ohio and Illinois. Evonne loves to travel, spend time with family and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan!