With the many varieties of seafood available, it can be overwhelming to gather all the information on the benefits and risk associated with different types of seafood. Here are some facts that will help you make choices about seafood in your diet:
- Many scientific studies have found that the benefits of eating seafood greatly outweigh the risks and that removing seafood from the diet can have negative effects on human health.
- The most commonly consumed seafoods in the United States present very little risk while offering many health and nutritional benefits.
- The main health risk from eating seafood is exposure to harmful bacteria, which can be prevented through proper handling, storing, and cooking. Consumers should focus on eliminating harmful bacteria in their seafood with safe food handling practices.
- All people are encouraged to eat seafood twice a week.