7 Seafood Myths & Facts


Everyone loves to eat seafood. You can find good seafood in a restaurant almost every day of the week. Nevertheless, not many know the actual facts about seafood. There are many common misconceptions about fish and other seafood. It’s very hard for people to know what to believe when it comes to seafood. Today, we are going to share some few seafood facts and myths that have come up after conducting a few studies.

Myth 1: Seafood raises blood cholesterol.
Fact: Though seafood has low saturated fats, you can find a high level of cholesterol in it. Seafood and other meats that contain cholesterol have a very low effect on blood cholesterol in most people.

Myth 2: Fish contains harmful levels of mercury.
Fact: According to a recent study, there are no such major risks when it comes to enjoying a healthy diet of fish. In fact, fish has a lot of health benefits. For example, oily fish such as sardines and salmon are highly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. The consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids has proven results like healthier skin, shinier hair, and stronger nails. Also, fish is known as brain food. Mercury mostly poses a risk to children, nursing mothers, and pregnant women. While fish is safe, you should consult your physician if you have any concerns regarding the consumption of foods that contain mercury.

Myth 3: Portugal is the world’s largest seafood consumer.
Fact: There is no doubt that Portugal is the largest seafood consumer in Europe, but it ranks as 3rd largest seafood consumer in the world. Seafood such as crabs, squid, lobster, shrimp, clams, sea bass, and octopus are very famous in mainland Europe’s westernmost nation. In the rest of the world, baccala and sardines are the most consumed seafood. China is actually the world’s largest seafood consumer.

Myth 4: Mahi Mahi is dolphin meat.
Fact: Mahi Mahi is a tropical water fish. It’s also known as the dolphinfish, though it’s not the same well-loved mammal that we call a dolphin. Dolphins are protected in Canada and the United States and can’t be served as food.

Myth 5: All jumbo shrimp is the same size.
Fact: As per the industry standard, shrimp is measured per pound. Thus, you can find a number of shrimp in a package that equals a pound. For example, if shrimp is labeled “4-6” it means that, per pound, there are 4 to 6 shrimps available in the market. Labels like large, medium, small and jumbo are not regulated.

Myth 6: Consuming shellfish with milk can make you sick.
Fact: There are some religious reason behind choosing not to consume both at the same time. But consuming milk with shellfish has no ill effects.

Myth 7: Fish has a strong smell.
Fact: If fish is properly stored, the smell and taste remain mild in proportion, whether it’s fresh or frozen.

We hope that this article has generated some awareness around the seafood that people enjoy the most both at home and in the restaurant. Are you in search of a great seafood restaurant in Massachusetts? The Clam Box is one of the best seafood restaurants in MA that serves a variety of delicious seafood dishes. Visit the Clam Box today!