Not so long ago, shrimps, lobsters or clams were considered to be pretty exotic products by Polish people. Today plenty of people eat them and it’s not really surprising. On the other hand, consuming them can be pretty difficult. Still, they’re worth giving them a try, as eating them has plenty of unquestionable benefits. Why is it a good idea to try seafood? How to serve it and eat it properly?
Seafood is a pretty controversial topic. Plenty of people just can’t get themselves to like it, listing reasons like the specific smell and look or difficulties with eating it. Those who do like it, on the other hand, tend to be its loyal fans. Seafood enthusiasts order it nearly during every visit at a restaurant, and also like to serve it at home parties. Sometimes it can make for an awkward situation for their less „hip” friends, who have no idea how to it this kind of food and with what.
It is no wonder that many of us see seafood as exotic and have many doubts when it comes to preparing, serving and consuming it. Clams, octopuses or shrimps are hardly national Polish dishes. They arrived here from other countries relatively recently and although they have earned a really impressive group of enthusiasts since then, plenty of people still see them as hardly tasty and difficult „to use”. Of course, the selection on the market is so vast that we don’t have to eat anything that we don’t like or that can’t win us over for different reasons. But on the other hand, seafood is everywhere: in menus of more or less fancy restaurants, at home parties, as well as in supermarkets. If you have ever looked at those delicacies with interest, wondering if you would like it – maybe it’s a good idea to give them a chance. Who knows if they won’t end up on the list of our favorite dishes? There’s certainly at least one person you know who used to avoid trying seafood for some time and now is among its devoted fans.
One of the key arguments for eating seafood is its nutritional values. First of all: just like fish, it is very rich in unsaturated fatty acids that are incredibly beneficial to our bodies. It is worth noting that our body can’t produce them on its own, which means we have to provide them to ourselves with food. Fatty acids support our cardiovascular system and functioning of the brain whereas for pregnant women they are pretty much essential.
Eating seafood regularly also supports functioning of many important organs, such as liver, lungs or heart. Our physical condition and well-being improve. It is because seafood contains many valuable vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B, selenium, fluoride and iodine, as well as a little smaller amounts of vitamins A, D and E, zinc, iron and magnesium. For all those who besides health also take care of their shape, it might turn out to be important that seafood is both easy to digest and low in calories. It also contains a lot of proteins and relatively low amounts of carbohydrates. These facts, combined with abundance of nutrients make this kind of food a perfect addition to a weight loss diet.