Tips For Ordering Food at a Seafood Restaurant
Boosting brain health does not end with reading good books. Once you put down that page-turner, the brain may benefit from a healthy helping of fish. Unfortunately, not everything at your local seafood restaurant is rich in omega-3s, and you can do as much harm as good if you are unfamiliar with the nutritional content of food menu items.
From The River To The Restaurant
Having a plate of fish served to you at your local seafood joint is not quite the same as grabbing a salmon out of the river and cooking it yourself. Many restaurants serve fish deep-fried and heavily battered. Fortunately, some restaurants now devote entire portions of the menu to broiled and blackened options. The famous Red Lobster offers five ounces (its half portion) of grilled fish, for example.
Buttered And Battered
While high-calorie food is not necessarily anathema, it can pack on the pounds in a short period of time. For example, when ordering fish and chips, it may be best to split a serving among more than one person. This is because the thick batter used in this dish will cause fried foods to absorb fat and calories by soaking up oil.
In general, it is in your best interest to avoid anything that uses the word “chips,” “popcorn,” “strips” or “basket.” Chicken options at seafood restaurants are notorious for being stuffed with calories. Sometimes it is because the chicken is fried, and other times, it is because of the cream-based sauce or mayonnaise used.
Now The Good News
It is not all doom and gloom in the kitchen! For example, most restaurants, contrary to popular belief, make chowder with milk and flour rather than cream. Ask your server if the food is prepared this way just to be sure, since this is not necessarily a universal culinary law. This offers the consumer a healthy, low calorie treat. Getting your fish blackened or broiled, rather than fried, spares innumerable calories.
Opting for healthy seafood options allows you to enjoy a brain-boosting feast of omega-3 fatty acids; a substance essential to healthy brain function. Some research even suggests that omega-3 may assist in treating psychiatric disorders. One study suggested that those who consumed omega-3 fatty acids with antidepressants exhibited fewer depressive symptoms than those who consumed antidepressants alone. Another suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce frequency of mood swings in those with bipolar disorder. Other studies yet suggest that individuals with schizophrenia may show an improvement with symptoms, as well as children with ADHD.