Seafood is a great option for protein on The Kaufmann Diet; often, it is high in protein and healthy fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids. Fish and seafood are encouraged on The Kaufmann Diet. Like with meat, however, quality does matter; when you are shopping for fish and seafood, there are some things you should look for. Heres are short How to Shop for Fish guide.
What Is The Source?
The biggest question about fish or seafood is how it was sourced. Was it wild caught? Or was it raised in a farming operation? Many of these types of farming operations exist. The problem is, the quality of farmed fish is often diminished. These fish contain less healthy fat and are often contaminated with a myriad of pollutants. They can also be fed antibiotics and even corn in their diet.
The best option is to look for wild-caught fish. These fish are going to have the healthiest fat content due to a natural diet and environment and are less likely to be contaminated with pollutants. It is also best to look for fish caught in sustainable fishing operations.
What About Mercury?
Mercury contamination is a perennial concern with fish. Fish higher in the food chain, such as tuna, are more likely to be contaminated with mercury. For most people, the risk is not particularly high, but doctors do recommend pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid foods like tuna.
Fish lower in the food chain, such as sardines or anchovies are less likely to be contaminated. These are great, affordable sources of healthy fat and protein. If you are concerned about mercury content, these are a good option.
Are Shellfish Ok?
Shellfish such as crab, shrimp, and lobster are permitted on The Kaufmann Diet. Some people choose to avoid shellfish for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that they are considered bottom feeders. You certainly do not have to eat these foods if you choose not to, but you may enjoy them if you like. Avoid fried seafood, however, as corn and wheat are not permitted on The Kaufmann Diet and these are often cooked in unhealthy fats and oils. Again, wild caught is better than farm-raised.
Other Types Of Seafood
Other types of seafood, like scallops, oysters, and mussels are fine on The Kaufmann Diet too. Some people need to be mindful about eating raw seafood, such as raw oysters or sushi, but unless you have health concerns, these are likely ok for you to consume.