Shakespeare may have famously pronounced that music was the food of love, but we think there’s a stronger argument for it being fish. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here’s why we’d suggest serving up some freshly caught fish landed at Plymouth Fisheries for your loved one on February 14th.
It’s well known that seafood has multiple health benefits and one of the most significant is the benefits it has on your heart. Some seafood is well known for being considered an aphrodisiac, and studies have also suggested that eating fish regularly can increase a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant.
History proves it
Seafood has been associated with love for a long time - one legend states that Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, emerged from the sea in an oyster shell. Oysters are known to help increase fertility among men and women as they contain high levels of zinc, a mineral which helps the body produce testosterone. It’s also said that Casanova, one of the world’s most infamous womanisers, ate 50 oysters for breakfast in a bid to boost his libido.
But if you’re not convinced by Casanova’s eating habits, research has been conducted looking into a link between fish and fertility. A study noted that couples who included more fish in their diet fell pregnant faster. Although there is more to this than just eating more seafood, the study shows that maintaining a healthy diet and including foods that contain natural vitamins and unsaturated fats, like fish, could certainly increase your chances of pregnancy.
A healthy heart
Fish is considered to be among the best foods you can eat for a healthy heart. Seafood contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to our body and as we cannot produce it ourselves, we have to get it from other sources.
The omega-3 in fish has a long list of benefits, helping to regulate hormones and promote ovulation as well as reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol. Omega-3 can also help to lower the risk of heart disease and heart failure.
The best fish for a healthy heart are oily and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as mackerel, sardines and salmon. Many other fish contain smaller amounts of fatty acids and are also incredibly healthy. It’s also important to consider how the seafood is prepared, for example baking is healthier than deep-frying.
Eating fish isn’t just good for your heart, as seafood can benefit the body and the mind in multiple different ways.
· Fish can help your mood: the omega-3 in fish can reduce the risk of suicidal behaviour, self-harm and depression.
· Omega-3 found in fish can improve your vision and eye health.
· Fish with high concentration of vitamin D can help you sleep better.
· Eating fish regularly can help improve skin health.
Romantic meal for two
For a Valentine’s Day treat, surprise your other half with a delicious home-made seafood meal. Another benefit of seafood is that it’s easy to prepare and cook, not to mention delicious.
There’s a whole host of easy to follow recipes and guides online for fantastic fish dishes that you can whip up in no time. If you’re planning to include multiple courses, some smoked salmon and avocado sushi would make a simple and healthy appetiser. Spaghetti with seafood velouté offers an elegant and impressive main dish that will give the evening the ‘wow’ factor. Both these recipes can be found on the BBC Good Food website.
For more information and advice on all things seafood, visit our website or ask a member of staff the next time you visit Plymouth Fisheries.