Eat More Fish Oil and Cut Carbs:
8 Easy Tips!

Great news for fish oil fans.

Most commercially available fish, shellfish, and ocean protein sources are virtually carb free. Exceptions include clams, oysters and some crustaceans and shellfish. Here are 8 low carb seafood buying tips.

1. Eat lots of fish.

The mainstream medical community and the low carb diet community diverge on much. But both seem to be in consensus that dietary fish oil confers immense nutritional benefits.

2. Concerned about mercury in tuna? Maybe it’s a problem, or maybe it's not.

Mercury is a heavy metal; it can cause brain damage if ingested in large enough quantities. And larger predator fish, such as tuna, seem to be able to accumulate significant amounts of mercury in their systems over time. But it appears that you would have to eat a lot of tuna over a long period of time to suffer harm. Of course, certain people may be more sensitive to mercury poisoning–-pregnant women are often advised to stay away from seafood and sushi for this reason.

3. Low carb seafood treasures abound.

You're not a big seafood person? Maybe you're just uncomfortable with seafood. Expand your palette bit by bit, and you may surprise yourself. Popular low carb fish include salmon, catfish, anchovies in oil, tilapia, mahimahi, grouper, trout, scallops, lobsters, clamps and shrimp.

4. Buy high quality stuff.

Commercially farmed fish can be kept in outrageous conditions, and many nutritionists believe that these poor environmental conditions can make the meat less healthy. Know your sources. Check expiration dates. Speak to your seafood market station manager for recommendations.

5. Visit local fish markets.

Better, cheaper, healthier fish may be available at the dock or wharf nearest you.

6. Get recommendations from people who really know their fish.

Do you habituate a local sushi joint that boasts super fresh and diverse seafood? If so, call up the owner--or better, the sushi-san--and ask for recommendations about where you can find quality fish in the area. A sushi chef worth his salt won’t give up his best kept secrets, but you may be able to flatter him (or her) into pointing you towards some great hidden fish resources.

7. Sushi fans: watch out for hidden sugar and carbs.

Fresh raw fish contains lots of fish oil and protein. But the rice portion of sushi contains significant simple carbs. In fact, so does the ginger (used to cleanse the pallet between bites) and the sauces and dips served with many sushi dishes. To play it safe, order sashimi instead.

8. Other sundry warnings and tips.

  • Frozen fish often comes breaded or sugared or coated in thickening agents that contain simple carbohydrates.
  • Dipping sauces typically contain lots of sugar. For instance, mind-boggling amounts of high fructose corn syrup go into most shrimp cocktail sauces.
  • You need not “go sauceless.” Great low carb seafood sauces and spices can be found... or you can even make your own!

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