Tuesday, March 31, 2015

31/03/2015: Panel of national nutrition experts says Americans should eat more seafood

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee encourages women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breastfeeding to eat at least 8 to 12 ounces – 2 to 3 servings – of fish each week. The advice, expected to be adopted and included in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, comes at a time when seafood consumption is at an all-time low, especially among mums and mums-to-be, the Digital Journal reports.

Bumble Bee Seafoods, North America’s premium seafood company, is partnering with leading nutrition consultants Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh of C&J Nutrition to spread the word about the new recommendations and educate consumers on the research behind it.

Eat your seafood if you want your kids to grow nice and big
“There has been so much confusion about seafood over the last ten years but we’ve seen an enormous amount of research showing the importance of fish in the diet, especially for new and expectant mothers,” said Dave Melbourne, Bumble Bee senior vice president, consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility.

“We’re thrilled to be starting these conversations with women to help them feel informed and confident about including more seafood in the meals they’re eating and serving their families.”

FDA research shows that, for pregnant and nursing women, eating fish regularly helps with the growth and development of children’s brains, even boosting IQ. Additionally, fish and shellfish are low in calories, generally low in saturated fat, an important source of protein, a predominant dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids and offer a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Bumble Bee is working with Stephanie and Willow to share the significant benefits of eating fish while adding clarity to the overall discussion of seafood consumption.

“Seafood consumption is at an all-time low and, as a dietitian and new mother, I understand the responsibility parents have to provide their children with the best nutrition for healthy growth and development,” said Stephanie Clarke.

“We are so excited to partner with Bumble Bee to help teach parents about the benefits of seafood and provide simple, delicious ways to incorporate a variety of fish into families’ diets.”

Read more HERE.

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