Interesting facts about seafood

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  1. Seafood lacks saturated fats, instead fatty acids, which have a beneficial effect on the human cardiovascular system. Eating sea fish or other seafood is enough to cut your risk of heart disease in half.
  2. The average life expectancy in Japan is 84 years. And many residents of this country maintain good health and good working capacity even at the age of 90. One of the reasons for this is the large amount of seafood in the Japanese diet. The climate here is far from being the most favorable for agriculture, therefore, seafood is a good addition to the table. The average Japanese eats 68 kilograms of fish a year, but only 45 kilograms of meat. This is three times less than the average US resident.
  3. For several years, scientists at Harvard University conducted an experiment with two groups of volunteers. For one group, the amount of seafood in the diet was maximized; for the other group, they were completely excluded. The results were impressive: the participants in the first group were able to lose weight, their health improved, and the work of the cardiovascular system returned to normal. Those who were in the second group did not notice any improvement in their condition.

    However, experts also note the negative consequences of excessive consumption of seafood. This is due, first of all, to the pollution of the World Ocean. All harmful substances are deposited in the organisms of mollusks, and then enter the human body. This can seriously affect your health.

  4. It is generally accepted that oysters should be consumed only in those months with the letter "r" in their names - from September to April. Why can't they be eaten in the summer? Gourmets claim that during this period the breeding period passes, the oysters acquire a bitter taste. In addition, in hot weather they are more difficult to keep fresh, oysters can quickly deteriorate.
  5. Each year, New Orleans hosts the World Oyster Eating Championship. Participants have the opportunity not only to get enough of it, but also to receive a cash prize. The organizers present the winner with $ 1, 000. The record holder is Pat Bertoletti, in 2011 he managed to eat 468 oysters in just 8 minutes.
  6. The Belgian city of Ersek is called the world capital of mussels. Here is the world's only stock exchange of mussels. Visitors can purchase the finest shellfish or taste them on the spot. The inhabitants of the coastal areas have been consuming mussels since ancient times. For example, the Californian Indians ate them 12, 000 years ago. And since the 13th century, artificial farms have appeared for breeding them.
  7. The black tiger shrimp is the largest of its kind. With a body length of 35 centimeters, the weight of individual specimens can reach 650 grams. In our country, the main catch of shrimp is in the seas of the Far East, where there are more than 100 species of them. In total, there are about 2, 000 species of them in nature. In Ecuador, the sale of shrimp brings up to 15 percent of the total export of the state.
  8. It is difficult today to believe that lobsters were the food of the American poor as early as the nineteenth century. They were even used as fertilizer in the fields. But, over the last century, they have become a delicacy and their price has increased many times over. The Guinness Book of Records includes a lobster that was caught off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada. The weight of the record holder was 21 kg 150 grams.
  9. Lobsters can go without water for a long time. For example, the 19th century French romantic poet Gerard de Nerval walked around Paris with his lobster, Thibault, whom he drove on a silk leash. The lobster will be able to breathe as long as its gills remain moist.
  10. Crab sticks, so popular in our country, cannot boast of a large amount of crab meat. It is completely absent in them. This is just minced fish with the addition of a variety of colors and flavors. Such sticks appeared in Japan in the last century. The number of crabs was rapidly decreasing, and they were included in many national dishes. So we decided to imitate crab meat.
  11. Octopuses are distinguished by their ability to change body coloration. If the octopus is frightened, then it turns pale, and the angry octopus turns red. Interestingly, a blind octopus cannot change color, and a blind one in one eye only half recolors. In Japan, octopuses are used to make sushi. In some countries, octopuses are eaten alive: they need to be cut into thin pieces and eaten quickly, while the tentacles convulse.
  12. Seafood helps fight depression. It is a fact. It turns out that those who use them regularly are optimistic. It's all about polyunsaturated and omega-3 acids. It also improves brain function, reduces the risk of senile dementia.