Seafood: The perfect protein choice?

April 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, tips, Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Woman eating fish

by Christina Caldwell

ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH PROTEIN?

Whether you’re looking to gain muscle, lose weight or just eat healthier, protein is a crucial building block in the human body. Sure, protein supplements can help boost protein intake, but nutrients absorbed through food are always superior to supplements, says Lisa Moskovitz, a New York-based nutritionist. Food boasts other vitamins and nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and zinc. Supplements can also contain high amounts of fat and starch, which can delay weight loss efforts.

“Bottom line, unless you are an athlete or bodybuilder, you will easily be able to get all your daily protein needs through diet alone,” Moskovitz says.

The average 160 pound adult needs about 64 grams of protein a day, according to The Institute of Medicine, which translates to 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Poultry is the typical go-to protein source and offers about 30 grams of protein per 3.5 ounce serving of chicken breast. Though, seafood can go toe-to-toe with poultry.

SEAFOOD AND PROTEIN

A 3.5 ounce salmon filet contains about 27 grams of protein, while a single six ounce can of tuna holds a whopping 40 grams of the body-building macronutrient. Unlike poultry, fish and other seafood contains omega-3’s and the accompanying fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid, otherwise known as DHA.

“Fatty fish such as salmonhalibuttrout or tuna are the best sources of protein, as well as heart and brain protecting omega-3,” Moskovitz says.

Omega-3’s have also been proven to improve the appearance of hair, skin, nails and eyes, as well as regulate blood clotting and blood vessel dilation and restriction, prevent heart disease and help alleviate the pain and inflammation associated with arthritic conditions.

Read the rest of this article at Sheknows.com.

 

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  1. Besides being a good protein, it’s delicious.


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