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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is eating seafood everyday healthy?

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    One month ago I decided to cut meat out of my diet, mainly for weight loss, I have been eating a lot of salads and seafood. I eat smoked salmon, flavored tin tuna and seafood mix (prawns, mussels, fish, calamari) almost every day. I guess there is more to my question, other than the risk/ benefits of seafood, what foods should I include in my diet for health. I also eat whole grain bread, rice (home made sushi) and occasionally noodles.
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  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Great question. Foods that you should be including in your diet for good health are those from the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (copy this link into your browser):

    http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/E384CFA588B74377CA256F190004059B/$File/fd-cons.pdf

    In general making sure you are consuming a wide variety of nutrient rich foods from all the 5 food groups is the best way to get all the nutrients you need for good health. Any diet that cuts out one or more food groups puts a person at an increased risk of nutrient deficiencies. In my opinion, there is no need to cut out meat to help with weight loss (keeping in mind vegetarians and vegans can survive on a carefully planned diet). I have seen many clients lose weight having done so by consuming meat, chicken, and fish on a regular basis. 

    I don't see a problem with consuming seafood everyday if you are a healthy individual however, you can still lose weight by consuming red meats. Make sure you choose lean cuts of meat and trim off any visable fat before cooking. This will help to reduce the amount of energy you are taking in resulting in weight loss. Remember that if you wish to lose weight, its all about creating a caloric/energy deficit. You can do this by choosing mainly plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables, low fat dairy and lean meats as part of your daily eating plan.

    For more expert dietary advice on how to lose weight in the long-term, always consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). To find an APD near you head to the Dietitians Association of Australias website (www.daa.asn.au) and click on the “find an Accredited Practising Dietitian” tab

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