Seafood consumption generally increases during the summer months. Many people travel to coastal areas in search of warmer weather, clear waters, and fresh seafood.
Coastal areas are ideal for local and fresh seafood and you can make the most out of this “cuisine experience”, as you can enjoy delicious seafood plates with plenty of health benefits as well.
We know fish is a great source of omega-3 but some other “not so popular” seafood can be good sources of DHA and EPA too. Calamari is a rich source of omega-3 and is a popular food in many parts of the world.
Calamari is just a fancy name for squid, soft-bodied mollusks, which were originally referred by this Italian term around the region of the Mediterranean Sea. However, calamari has become a culinary name for dishes involving squid, especially fried squid. It consists of batter-coated, deep fried squid, fried for less than two minutes to prevent toughness. It is served plain, with salt and lemon on the side.
Of course, when eating calamari, it’s better to enjoy it free of batter and not deep-fried as this takes away from most of its health benefits. Steamed or boiled calamari are healthier options.
Recent studies shown that calamari is such a rich source of the omega-3’s, DHAs and EPAs that companies are now making omega-3 supplements from calamari. Most products are targeted to promote cardiovascular health as well as support brain and vision.
Calamari oil is naturally rich in DHA, which is almost exclusively the only omega-3 fatty acid that our brains and eyes use. Unlike most harvested marine life, the DHA levels in Calamari oils are over twice as high as the EPA levels, making it a strongly preferred source.
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