Seafood is an important part of our diet. It includes a large variety of fish, shellfish and seaweed products which are delicious and nutritious. Seafood is a good source of macronutrients such as protein and fat and it contains almost no carbohydrates.
Seafood fat consists of mostly unsaturated fat which is healthier than saturated fat contained in meat or poultry. Seafood contains special substances called Omega-3 fatty acids that prevent blood vessels from clotting and, therefore, reduce the risk of heart disease.
Seafood is also high in vitamins A and D and minerals such as iodine, zink and selenium. Vitamin A is needed for healthy skin and eyes and vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium essential for the teeth and bones. Iodine is used by the thyroid gland to control growth and metabolism. Zink helps the immune system to fight infections. Selenium is needed to make enzymes that protect body cells from damage by free radicals. According to current dietary recommendations, a person should consume at least two seafood meals a week.
Despite its proven health benefits, seafood might be a potential hazard. Lake fish often contain parasites and insufficient cooking may lead to disease. Sea fish and shellfish tend to accumulate mercury which is especially harmful for unborn babies. So, you have to be cautious choosing the right seafood.
Abundant in rivers, lakes and seas, Russia has always been famous for its seafood. In the old days, the most valuable sturgeon fish and caviar were always on the table during the tsar’s and boyars’ feasts. Russian fish soup, called ukha, has been immortalised in the literature of classic Russian writers. Nowadays Russia exports seafood products to several countries such as North Korea, Japan, China, EU and the USA. All exported Russian seafood products are strictly controlled by sanitary inspections.
The online supermarket RussianFoodUSA.com offers a large selection of Russian seafood products, from ordinary canned herring to exquisite smoked sturgeon and caviar. Make the smart choice. Bon appetite!