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Fish And Seafood

Be it prawn or shrimp, shellfish or cuttlefish, clams or bass, all these together are termed as seafood. Seafood can be of different types. Processed seafood, frozen sea foods or  fresh seafood are some examples. Irrespective of the types seafood are both nutritious and tasteful. Fresh seafood are however best to consume because they are more palatable and nutritive.

Live marine products are considered as fresh seafood and also those that directly reach you from the point of capture. Frozen seafood are freeze in ice and are available in market in ice blocks. Processed seafood are the products that are available with some value additions.

Biologically the marine products that we eat can be grouped under various categories. Let us try to know a bit in detail about them.

ARTHROPODA : These include prawns, shrimps and crabs. These organisms have jointed appendages. Their body is divisible into three segments; head, thorax or chest and abdomen. In some cases as in prawns head and thorax are joined together. Prawns and shrimps are available as processed or frozen as well as fresh seafood.

MOLLUSCA : These include clams, oysters and scuttle fishes. They have soft unsegment body. Body is generally covered externally with hard shells made of calcium carbonate. Cuttlefishes like octopus and sepia have a hard internal covering called mantle. In some parts of the world clams and oysters are eaten live and raw. Hence they are served and sold live and can be placed under fresh seafood.

FISHES : Bass, salmon, trout, skates etc. are included in these categories. There are two types of fishes, one with hard bones and the other with soft bones. They have fins and body is covered mostly with scales. A slimy covering is also found. These are mostly consumed in fresh forms in most part of the world. However frozen and processed varieties are also available. So fishes form a major portion of  ocean fresh seafood.

FRESH SEAFOODS ARE NUTRITIVE : Seafood have significant nutritive value. Seafood contain all nine essential amino acids. Hence consumption of seafood will supply all necessary protein requirements. Seafood flesh are low in fat but their livers are rich in it. So consumption of fish liver oils will provide fat soluble vitamins like A and D. But fresh seafood are excellent source of Vitamin B Complex like Niacin, B 12 and B6. Polyunsaturated fatty acids in seafood are good to lower the cholesterol levels in the blood serum and hence can reduce the chances of heart disease. Omega 3 fatty acids of seafood control the levels of VLDL and LDL of blood.

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