Friday, May 10th is National Shrimp Day, so go celebrate and eat shrimp!

For many years, the scientific community has presented a number of studies that highlight the benefits of consuming the recommended seafood serving of 4 ounces, twice a week, and have found that it can contribute to living a healthier life. Shrimp, like many other seafood species, can provide a huge array of health benefits.

Shrimp are; especially low in saturated fat, a very good source of heart-healthy vitamin B12, an excellent source of selenium and zinc to help maintain a strong immune system, and a good source of energy-promoting iron and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Vitamin B12: being a good source of Vitamin B12, shrimp consumption facilitates proper brain function and the formation of maturation of blood cells in the body.

Selenium punch for extra protection against cancer: shrimp is a very rich source of trace mineral selenium. Selenium helps in neutralizing the effects of free radicals, which are associated with cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Shrimp is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to guard against the risk of cardiovascular problems, as they reduce the level of cholesterol in blood. The Omega-3 fatty acids present in shrimp also help to avoid blood clotting, prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis, slow down the development of cancerous tumors and serve to prevent Alzheimer's disease as well.

What about the cholesterol? Shrimp are often given a bad rap for their high cholesterol content. Although it is true that shrimp are relatively high in cholesterol (about 200 milligrams in 3.5 ounces, or 12 large boiled shrimp), the Rockefeller study on shrimp and cholesterol suggests that shrimp cholesterol may not be that bad for you. Scientists concluded that if substituted in place of beef or other high fat foods, shrimp will not affect the overall lipoprotein profile negatively; therefore it can be included in "heart healthy" nutritional guidelines.

Added bonus?! Shrimp is a true beauty food! Shrimp contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives them their pink color and that can act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature aging. Also the zinc shrimp boast plays an important role int he production of new cells (including hair cells and skin cells). It also helps maintain the oil-secreting glands on the scalp that keep hair shiny. In addition, shrimp are a good source of copper which can help prevent hair loss, contribute to hair thickness, and intensify hair color.

As scientists continue to study the benefits of seafood in our diets, more favorable reasons to consume seafood are presented while others are strengthened. Moreover, we must remember that seafood is an important component to a healthy diet as it is easily digestible, contains high-quality protein and provides a mix of essential amino acids that our bodies cannot otherwise make themselves.

Sources: Healthwithfood, LifeStyle, World's Healthiest Foods.

Steelhead Trout Collage

This month, we are proud to announce our new partnership with Cold Water Fisheries to bring you a fresh supply of Canadian Steelhead Trout. Cold Water Steelhead Trout is farmed in the pristine waters off Manitoulin Island, Cape Breton - Nova Scotia's South West shore and Newfoundland, Canada.

Cold Water Steelhead Trout is farmed in an environment free of chemicals, antibiotics or GMOs. The growing-cycle is a two-year process, which begins with the selection of certified eggs from strong, fast-growing broodstock.

Cold Water Fisheries has more than one million eggs delivered to their hatcheries each year from Washington State. Eggs arrive to the hatchery at 4°C, then they're warmed up gradually in freshwater to 10°C to begin their life cycle.

The farm setup is open water aquaculture with open net pens where fish swim freely for the entire farming-cycle. The cool, oxygen-rich waters surrounding the islands provide a healthy growing environment, optimal for trout cultivation.

The fish are fed a formulated feed by hand. The feed formula consists primarily of fishmeal, fish oil (herring and anchovy), soybean meal, corn glutton, and a healthy diet of vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene.

The pristine farm locations, combined with the proprietary feed, result in a trout of distinctive appearance, firm muscle formation and a vibrant flesh color, #26+ on the SalmoFan™.

Cold Water Steelhead Trout is harvested when the trout reaches about 2-5 pounds (approximately after 18 months). Cold Water Fisheries has the capacity to harvest an average of 6 million pounds each year.

To ensure maximum freshness and to maintain excellent quality characteristics in every fish; each trout is harvested to order and immediately chilled and processed. Cold Water Steelhead Trout is available as; skin-on fillets and whole head-on gutted fish. The trout is shipped to stores overnight to Montreal, Toronto, NY, Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

When properly prepared, Cold Water Steelhead Trout has a bright flesh color, delicate nutty taste and a fork tender texture. This succulent trout from Cold Water Fisheries is sure to have you hooked!