By: Jodie Shield, RD
Most of us regard seafood as grown-up food, but studies show that kids can benefit from eating fish, too. Seafood provides an excellent source of high-quality, easily digestible protein that will help your child grow and stave off infections. Seafood is also low in calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and it offers a great source of vitamins and minerals. What’s more, most types of seafood contain omega-3 fatty acids they are vital for a baby’s brain development during pregnancy and the first two years of life. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids may help lower blood cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. And some studies are starting to suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in heading off Alzheimer’s disease and as well as mild depression.
Health professionals encourage everyone to eat fish at least once or twice a week. However, young children and women who are thinking about having a baby, pregnant, or nursing should limit their fish intake to no more than 12 oz a week. Why? I’ll talk more about this in my next blog. What are some of your reasons for eating fish?