More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food and globally, seafood provides more protein than beef, lamb, or poultry. Despite being such a popular food how many of us know exactly what the health benefits are?

Matt Johansson, Food and Beverage Manager at The Mussel Inn, in Edinburgh and Glasgow is very knowledgable about the benefits to be gained by eating seafood.

Said Matt: “Eating a seafood diet can help you reduce weight. For years, seafood has been part of many weight loss programmes because it is natural and has many beneficial properties.”

“Because seafood is high in beneficial proteins and low on saturated fats, the health benefits of seafood include lowering of cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease, lowering the risk of stroke, and building muscle.”

“Fish and seafood with higher protein can prevent weight gain naturally, and it is easier to digest. White fleshed fish is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, and oilier fish contain substantial quantities of Omega 3 or the ‘good’ fats in a diet plan.”

“Most shellfish are low in fat and most seafood provides only 190 calories for a three ounce serving, cooked. For a healthier choice, go for the poached, baked, or grilled fish, rather than fried.”

Eating fresh seafood a couple of times a week can provide great health benefits and is a good way to obtain your required amount of essential oils which can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, arteriosclerosis, bipolar disorder, bronchitis, cancer, heart diseases and more.”