The Consumption of Seafood Rises in the U.S.

Written by Jane Gould

Exciting New Types of Seafood to Try

According to a ‘Fisheries of the United States Report’ that was released by the NOAA, Americans increased their consumption of seafood to 15.5 pounds per person per year, up almost an entire pound from 2014. This was the biggest increase in fish consumption in the States in well over two decades. The increase in seafood consumption is seen as a benefit to public health and is a huge step in the right direction in terms of an increase in overall well-being.

While old favorites such as tuna and salmon remain popular choices of fish among seafood lovers across the USA, more consumers are willing to try new exciting menu options that include marine delicacies such as crab, octopus, and skate. It is especially good news for chefs and restauranteurs that consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous with their meal choices. There is a huge variety of seafood available to consumers, and they are lapping them up at a break-neck speed.

Seafood Can be Eaten at Every Meal

It is very unfortunate that fresh fish is often wasted, due to the fact that most fish are utilized just for two filets, with the rest being discarded. This is drastically decreasing the sustainability of the fish being consumed. There is, in fact, no reason to throw away any part of the fish as everything from the fins to the cheeks can be utilized in delicious and exciting dishes. There are a number of top-class chefs in the USA that pride themselves on their ability to butcher and use an entire fish without having to throw anything away. Fish heads, for example, can be boiled down to create the base for a beautiful and delicately flavored broth which would otherwise have relied on a store-bought stock.

Is Seafood Healthy?

Apart from being gastronomically pleasing, seafood is also of great benefit to our health. The omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) are found only in fish oils and influences leptin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s metabolic rate. Consuming certain types of cold-water fish, you can boost your metabolism by as much as 400 calories in a single day. Seafood is high in protein while being low in saturated fats, promoting heart health by reducing the risk of strokes, heart attacks, and arrhythmia.

Furthermore, eating seafood helps to preserve the moisture within the skin. The omega-3 fatty acids protect the skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun while fish oil can aid in the prevention and treatment of acne.

As more and more American consumers begin to embrace seafood as a delicious and nutritious food source we can expect to see an increase of fish and shellfish dishes on restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. It is generally encouraged to give in to your adventurous side and experience as many seafood dishes as you possibly can. Life is too short to live on salmon and tuna alone.