When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010” and the “Super Tracker” website, a recommendation was made to eat 8 oz. of seafood each week. This roughly translates to making seafood—fish and shellfish—the primary protein food on your plate two meals a week.

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To some Americans, this may be an easily attainable goal without the need for an adjustment to a weekly diet routine. To the vast majority, however—and particularly to those living in landlocked areas without access to plentiful options for fresh fish—the recommended intake simply does not happen.

Depending on where you live, it may require additional time and effort to put seafood on the table but here are numerous benefits to doing so:

1. Lean source of protein and low in harmful, saturated fat. One ounce of most types of seafood packs seven gram of protein—approximately as much as beef and chicken—and contains less than one gram of saturated fat. In comparison, one ounce of chicken contains two grams and the same serving of sirloin—one of the leanest cuts of beef—contains over three grams.

2. Heart health. High cholesterol levels in the blood increase the risk of potentially-deadly heart disease and stroke, while seafood—which is low in saturated fat and high in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—actually improves cholesterol levels. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines packs an even greater punch by boosting HDL (good) cholesterol and decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol.

3. Brain health. According to WebMD, one type of fat you do not want to cut from a diet is omega-3 fatty acids. The human body needs omega-3, which is primarily found in certain fish, for basic functions. Research has shown that omega-3 is important for the development of infants’ vision and nervous system and also curbs joint pain and stiffness (rheumatoid arthritis), lowers asthmatic inflammation, reduces symptoms of ADHD and can help with certain eye diseases, especially macular degeneration.

One common misconception regarding seafood is that taking a daily fish-oil capsule is sufficient to replace eating delicious meals. This, of course, is not the case so it becomes important to diligently incorporate more seafood into daily and weekly diet routines.

One easy way to eat more seafood is to dine at Chandlers, which serves the best seafood Boise has to offer. Widely regarded as the finest of downtown Boise restaurants, seafood at Chandlers is hand-selected by fishermen in Hawaii, Alaska and elsewhere then jet-packed daily, ensuring the freshest fish anywhere in Idaho.

About Chandlers

Chandlers is a fine dining Boise restaurant. It offers guests world-class service, the most delicious steaks and seafood in Idaho and ambiance that is second-to-none. The extensive menu at Chandlers features seafood which is flown fresh to Boise on a daily basis.

For additional information, visit Chandlersboise.com