There are many beliefs around consuming this delicious food from the sea. As versatile and tasty as they are feared and respected, seafood is usually consumed discreetly even by the most fervent of admirers.
But what’s so real about all those seafood myths?
Lobsters, shrimps, crabs, prawns, oysters, mussels, clams, scallops, squid and octopus all have in common, besides having an exquisite taste, a series of properties that make them appetizing ingredients for countless dishes, both cold and hot.
If you like to eat seafood, you can be sure you will be getting plenty of protein; minerals, such as potassium, sodium, iodine and magnesium, iron and calcium; and vitamins, such as vitamin E, folic acid and vitamin A. In addition, shellfish are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and are low in calories, as every 100 grams do not even reach 100kcal.
It is a fact that they are a good choice for a healthy and balanced diet.
But then… Anyone would think that with these characteristics’ seafood is an ideal food, right? Then why do beliefs exist that they are harmful?
While it is true that for some people its consumption should be restricted, for example those suffering from hypertension, since its high sodium content is contraindicated with that condition, however, not all our beliefs regarding this product remain valid. By the way, when it comes to sodium content, it is reduced when seafood is eaten fresh.
Myths around seafood consumption
Seafood is essential in our diet, but there are also many reserves regarding its consumption.
It is said that eating seafood is bad, that they should not be consumed in the months without “R”, that if they are high in cholesterol, that if it is better to eat clams, that if it is not advisable to give seafood to children, that if it should not be consumed during pregnancy … All these myths have some truth and some lie, let’s see some of them.
Eating seafood is bad. Truth or myth?
It is said that eating seafood is bad because they “it’s too heavy”.
Well, you can rest assured that this is a taboo that has been passed down from generation to generation, although in its origins it did make sense. This idea may come from the past, when refrigeration methods did not allow certain perishable products to be kept in good condition for a long time. It was not recommended to eat seafood as it was believed that after the whole day since its fishing, the seafood was no longer in suitable condition for consumption. This is totally true, but no longer valid.
Currently, with the advancement of technology and food preservation techniques, which have been perfected to ensure that the taste and nutritional contribution remains as intact as possible, the belief that eating seafood is bad can be discarded. There’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the taste of your favorite seafood dish, any time of the day!
The same goes for the myth of not eating seafood in months without “R”.
This is a myth that was also generated by the lack of reliable refrigeration methods, which prevented them from being kept for a long time in those months when the heat is most intense, which are the months of May, June, July and August.
However, in any case, it is recommended that the consumption of seafood during the summer is only in reliable establishments where the quality and freshness of the product is guaranteed. And, for the little ones, it is important to bear in mind that, regardless of the enormous amounts of nutrients provided by shellfish, it is not recommended for consumption in children under two years without the authorization of their pediatrician, but after two years and with the certainty that there are no allergies, its consumption is recommended for everyone.
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