The Wonderful Benefits Of Seafood

Mulligan’s is one of the very top choices for folks who are looking for tropical restaurants, seafood restaurants, beach restaurants, or even kid-friendly restaurants in Southeastern Florida locations like Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, and beyond. No matter which Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill you visit, you can be sure that you’ll receive some flavorful seafood items that will tickle your tastebuds! What’s more, each of our seafood restaurant locations has a relaxing yet vibrant waterfront atmosphere. Whether you come for the happy hour, our family night, or you are simply a fan of high-quality seafood, there are plenty of reasons to come enjoy some perfectly prepared seafood at Mulligan’s!

As if our succulent crab legs and perfectly seasoned fish dishes weren’t sufficient reasons for you to come see us a minimum of one per week, we have prepared a veritable dossier regarding the wonderful benefits of seafood, as the title of this piece no doubt gave away. If you are learning some fun facts about nutritional benefits that have to do with fatty acids, skin and hair health, and other fascinating tidbits, keep reading! We’ve got you covered with today’s post about seafood’s benefits.

Necessary Nutrients

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, there’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about the astounding effects of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help build strong bones and improve overall joint health. We’ll highlight the fatty acids in their own section, we are simply mentioning fatty acids because it seems like an inordinate amount of attention is given to this point, while there are plenty other nutritional benefits that aren’t getting their fair share of the limelight.

And while it’s difficult, and flat-out wrong, to say that all of these forthcoming vitamins can be found in each fish, we’ll point out some of the most commonly found nutrients. Among them are B-complex vitamins, vitamin B, and vitamin D. If you are unfamiliar with B-complex vitamins, those are the ones like B12, B3, biotin, etc. B-complex vitamins are helpful in a variety of ways, among them being energy production, general skin health, concentration, blood and nervous system development, and metabolism.

Other fish, such as salmon, are prime opportunities to get your vitamin A. Vitamin A is also helpful in a wide range of ways — aiding the reproductive system, immune system, vision, and beyond. Vitamin D, which you can find in salmon, helps build strong bones and teeth because it helps your body absorb calcium. So try salmon and milk together sometime! Well, not together together — we aren’t suggesting you make a salmon milkshake or anything. Just make sure you help your calcium absorption along with a little vitamin D from time to time. That’s all.

Other fish types are rich in iodine, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium, which are all essential vitamins in their own right.  

Protein Intake

Though health fads fade in and out of popularity among the general public, there’s no longer any debate revolving around how much we need protein. Not that it was ever too much of a debate, but the jury is decidedly in about how indispensable an ample amount of protein in our diet really is. While it might be a challenge for plant-based individuals to make sure they get enough protein each day, you don’t have that problem if you are a fan of seafood. It’s an ideal source of lean protein in the same way that chicken is.

Chicken is great and all, but there is only one kind of chicken…chicken. Fish, on the other hand, includes white fish, salmon, catfish, pike, cod, shark, swordfish, trout, mackerel, perch…we think you get the point. But even if you aren’t a big fan of fish, you’ve probably never tried them all! If you don’t like the “fishy” smell-factor that goes into eating certain kinds of fish, we recommend you try Mahi Mahi sometime. Be like Kevin James says in the hit CBS sitcom The King of Queens when he just discovered a fish that tastes like meat, you’ll soon become an avid fish foodie!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

We said it was coming, and we also mentioned that you probably are familiar with some of the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. But here’s your refresher, just in case; Omega-3s, which are found in shellfish, oily fish, and non-oily fish alike, are essential nutrients that perform a wide range of essential functions in our body. This kind of polyunsaturated fat cannot be produced by our body, which means finding them in seafood is a great idea. Known to be a significant “building block” of the brain, Omega-3s impact heart health, vision health, and heart health. Research also shows that regular intake of Omega-3 fatty acids diminishes the risk of contracting Macular Disease. In fact, the MD Foundation tells folks to regularly eat fish to make sure people are getting enough Omega-3s. We agree! And, lest we forget, these fatty acids have been shown to reduce symptoms of arthritis and ease aching joints as well.

With regards to heart health, Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied to show they regular consumption can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular trauma taking place. Events like heart attacks, strokes, and even arrhythmias can be reduced by getting a requisite amount of Omega-3s. While some folks get their daily intake from supplements, research shows that eating seafood for Omega-3 fatty acids is a superior way to go.

Low Fat

While it isn’t the 90s and the world isn’t obsessed with everything and anything being “low fat” (see Seinfeld’s episode about low fat frozen yogurt), most of us Americans should take every chance we get to reduce our daily intake of unhealthy fats. Seafood averages under 2 percent fat, making it less fatty than the leanest meat, including chicken. The other plus is that you don’t need to trim any fat away, like you might with a NY strip of steak. All you have to do is bake, grill, steam, fry, or come into your local Mulligan’s seafood restaurant, and you are ready to go!

Come See Us Soon!

So there you have it. There are other health benefits to seafood which we didn’t have time to examine in today’s post, so please forgive us. However, we do hope you are well-equipped to convince anyone who isn’t in the mood for seafood that it’s the right choice tonight. Whether you go to the fish market and prepare your favorite dish yourself or you’d prefer a relaxing evening on the waterfront at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, it’s going to be a great evening. View our seafood menu here and come see us soon!