Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June is National Seafood Month

Fish and other seafood contain high protein and are a great part of a healthy diet. Fish also contributes to heart health and aids in a child's growth and development. According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration),  Seafood contains nutrients that promote brain development and may lessen the effects of dyslexia, autism, hyperactivity, and attention-deficit disorder in children.  So it makes sense that we have a month dedicated to this special assortment of fish and other seafood that contain high protein.
The only problem is: how to choose the right kind. Most people can't tell if the fish is spoiled. If a fish is spoiled, you can receive food poisoning. Here are some tips to help you this month:

  • Only buy fish that is refrigerated or displayed on a thick bed of fresh ice that is not melting (preferably in a case or under some type of cover).
  • Fish should smell fresh and mild, not fishy, sour, or ammonia-like.
  • A fish’s eyes should be clear and bulge a little.
  • Whole fish and fillets should have firm, shiny flesh and bright red gills free from milky slime.
  • The flesh should spring back when pressed.
  • Fish fillets should display no discoloration, darkening or drying around the edges.
  • Shrimp flesh should be translucent and shiny with little or no odor.
  • Some refrigerated seafood may have time/temperature indicators on their packaging, which show if the product has been stored at the proper temperature.  Always check the indicators when they are present and only buy the seafood if the indicator shows that the product is safe to eat.
Source: FDA

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