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Foods for Brain Health

Barton Seaver - Foods for Brain Health

This event was on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join us for an exciting live event with acclaimed chef and sustainability expert, Barton Seaver, as he shares his expertise on the powerful connection between food and brain health. … Read More.



To stave off dementia, what substances in seafoods contribute are most helpful?

— Hilda P J


So really that's the omega-3 fatty acids. So EPA and DHA are key to that. So those are the long chain fatty acids the Seafoods that we most want to go for are really those oily Rich Seafoods. So fish like cod flaky white flesh fish store most of their fats in their liver. Why well because they're Ambush Predators. What does that mean? They kind of sit there until they catch something right? So they need what's called fast twitch muscles, so they something that Back at that room. Anyway, their muscles are meant to basically be at rest until they're needed. So they don't need to store a lot of energy in the form of fat inside those cells inside that muscle tissue as opposed to a tuna or a salmon which spends its whole life swimming pretty vigorously, right? Those muscles need that fat to be stored intra cellularly intra muscularly. Why well, because those muscles need those stores of energy to call upon as they move constantly the difference here think about Chicken breast as opposed to chicken legs, right one of these one of those muzzles does something all day right chicken breast just kind of sit there. They don't really flap their wings a whole lot. Right? But those legs are walking all day same thing fish that it tend to be darker in color or colored oily fish are really the ones that are very very good for us that have those high levels high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids. We're hoping that you get 500 to 750 milligrams of EPA and DHA a week cumulatively one portion of farm-raised or Sockeye Coho or King. Salmon is gonna have A thousand to twelve hundred milligrams of Omega-3s in them so we can very easily get those recommendations and more a by eating fish that we we know and love and you've joined me before so, you know about my my love affair with can Seafood up there. Guess what? It's a really great source of Omega 3s. Why not? Because the fish that go into cans tend to be those high oil fish Herring mackerel sardines. Anchovies salmon tuna, right. Those are the ones that we really should be eating for that Optimal Health. That's not to say that Cod shouldn't be on your table or flounder because those are absolutely delicious but there just they just don't pack that omega-3 punch to them.
Barton Seaver

Barton Seaver

Chef, Educator, Author