Increasing the number of fish dishes on the table will lead to better health for the whole family, especially healthy development for growing children and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases for working parents. Here we introduce the main nutrients contained in fish and other seafood. Fish has as much good protein as meat! Many people think that meat has more protein than fish, but this is not true. On average, both meat and fish contain about 20% protein, but your body uses more of it in fish than in meat. Furthermore, fish contains more easily digestible protein and can be eaten by everyone from babies to the elderly without difficulty. (It can be different depending on your race / body structure.) Skipjack tuna, mackerel, saury, amberjack, yellowtail, etc. are especially rich in protein! Fish' calcium is as good as milk's Milk is well known as a calcium supplement, but small fish such as sardines are even better. Also, eating the whole fish also provides vitamin D (found in the internal organs), which improves calcium absorption, at the same time. Nori Seaweed, shellfish, octopus, & squid are full of taurine Nori seaweed (the seaweed used to wrap onigiri rice balls) is the most abundant source of taurine. In the case of fish, the red muscle - the dark red meat found on some fish, usually contains more taurine than regular meat. In addition, shellfish, octopus, and squid are also perfect for taurine supplementation. The main functions of taurine are - to keep blood pressure normal and prevents blood clots and myocardial infarction. - to use bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood and increases good cholesterol (HDL). - to reduce neutral fat in the blood. - to prevent deterioration of eyesight. - to promote brain development in newborns. Fish is a Treasure Trove of Vitamins When we think of vitamins, we usually associate them with vegetables, but fish are also a treasure trove of vitamins. - Vitamin A helps strengthen the body's resistance to bacteria. Eat eels. - Deficiency of vitamin B1 causes symptoms such as tiredness and irritability. If you feel mentally or physically fatigued, consume eels, cod roe, etc. B1 is used to metabolize carbohydrates, so consuming too many soft drinks and other sweet foods wastes B1. - Vitamin B2 deficiency causes mouth ulcers. Eat eels, mackerel, etc. - Deficiency of vitamin B6 causes eczema of the skin, etc. B6 is found in most fish. - Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause pernicious anemia, a terrible disease; B12 is found in fish liver, the red muscle, and shijimi clam. - Vitamin D helps strengthen bones by depositing calcium in them, and is found in particularly high amounts in fish liver oil. Bonito and some other fish are rich in vitamin D. - When vitamin E is deficient, unsaturated fatty acids combine with oxygen to form harmful substances called lipid peroxides. Vitamin E is abundant in fish such as threadfin bream. EPA has your body's clean-up duty! Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a highly unsaturated fatty acid that does wonders, is getting a lot of attention. This nutrient is found only in seafood and has the ability to prevent adult diseases such as cerebral thrombosis and myocardial infarction. Blue backed fish such as sardines and mackerel are rich in EPA. Nutrients that clean the blood and build brain cells DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) prevents the formation of blood clots and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL). It is also said to be effective in treating dementia in the elderly. Blue backed fish such as sardines, yellowtail, mackerel, and saury include DHA.
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