Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why Tuna Is Good For You (Especially When You're Pregnant)

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I have always loved seafood. I would eat any seafood served before me: mussels, shrimps, crabs, salmon, tuna and any other kind of fish. They are always healthy and contains all the healthy goodness minus the fat and bad cholesterol. One of my favorite recipes is grilled fish or tuna. It is very simple to prepare. Just rub some salt and lemon and then cook over hot charcoal and it's ready in a few minutes. Serve it with sliced tomatoes and lemon-and-soy sauce dip and you are in for a very hearty and healthy meal.

Grilled fish.

My love for seafood doesn't end there. A recent scientific study had reinforced my love for seafood especially tuna. Did you know that eating seafood could help decrease the risk of depression especially in pregnant women? The study showed that pregnant women who ate seafood at least three times a week are less likely to develop the symptoms of depression while those who skipped them have a 50% chance of developing them. And when a pregnant woman is depressed, it could increase the risk of a C-section, delivering a pre-mature or low-birth-weight baby, slow babies' brain development and postnatal depression.

So if you are pregnant or planning to have another baby, include healthy tuna and other marine foods in your diet. They are a rich source of DHA, a special omega-3 fatty acid, that helps in the proper brain and eye development in babies. They are an excellent source of lean protein, vitamin D and calcium, which are beneficial to both you and your baby.

If you are thinking that tuna is expensive, then think canned tuna. It is cheap and very convenient and easy to prepare yet it contains all the goodness of its fresh counterpart. As for me, I see to it that I have canned tuna stocked in my cupboard. And when I'm not in the mood to prepare lunch, I open up a can, add some lemon and serve it for myself.

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pehpot said...

Marce love ko din fish specially tuna.. I want Tuna Belly at sashimi.. ah basta kahit anong luto ng tuna gusto ko

onlinemommy said...

Tuna is indeed very healthy! My husband and I also love grilled yellow fin tuna :)

But I read in some article the tuna, specially the big ones, are not good for preggy mommies because of high-mercury content. How true? hehehe

gracia said...

sarap naman nito mare!

pehpot said...

salamat sa comment mare hihi

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