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The Many Health Benefits of Seafood

Did you know October is National Seafood Month? At Hearn Kirkwood, we have a vast selection of both fresh and frozen seafood to meet all of your needs, with varieties of crab, fish, lobster, shellfish, and shrimp. Seafood contains many nutritional benefits, and the USDA actually recommends that Americans eat at least two servings of seafood a week. Continue reading to find out all of the health benefits of seafood, and the best ways to prepare your seafood meals.

Nutritional Facts

  • Seafood is known for being a natural source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B and D, iodine, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus.

  • Seafood averages less than 2 percent fat and is low in calories. Most seafood has fewer calories than even the leanest meat.

  • Its most significant health benefit is the abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which are most notably known for their benefits in heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular events from occurring, such as strokes and heart attacks. While people can obtain the omega-3 fatty acids from capsules, scientists prefer the consumption of seafood.

  • Eating seafood regularly has been proven to ease symptoms of arthritis, as omega-3 fatty acids also ease tender joints and reduce morning stiffness for those who have rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Fish and shellfish can boost your night vision, and eating oil-rich fish on a regular basis can help keep eyes healthy.

  • Selenium is a strong antioxidant found in seafood that is known to improve the immune system.

Healthy Ways To Cook Seafood

While seafood has many potential health benefits, those benefits don’t do much for your body when the food is fried and served with a platter of fries. If you want to get the most benefits out of your seafood, you must cook it in a certain way. The best ways to prepare fish, for example, are to either bake it or broil it. This is also true for shrimp, as a dozen of fried shrimp is about 280 calories, while steamed or broiled shrimp is only 85 calories.

Spice Up Your Healthy Seafood

Baking or broiling seafood may seem a little boring and tasteless, but there are some easy ways to spice up the food and bring out the flavor. First, remember to use good fats and cook with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Make a delicious sauce with sundried tomatoes or basil pesto before cooking for some more flavor, then top your fish off with avocado, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of tahini.

Don’t forget to add some seasoning- whether you choose a mix of garlic and Italian herbs or a layer of blackened seasonings, you’ll be sure to have a tasty meal. Some other great combinations of herbs and spices include: freshly squeezed lime juice, lime zest, cilantro and black pepper; minced garlic, freshly grated ginger, ground turmeric and crushed red pepper; and freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon peel, minced garlic.

Making a Healthier Choice with Hearn Kirkwood

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia. For more information on our services, call Hearn Kirkwood today!