Today we’ll take you on a little spin through the alphabet and point out how seafood is significant at each letter. You’ll learn a great deal about the health benefits of fish and the health benefits of seafood, as well as being introduced to a few species of fish you’ve never heard of before. If you’re in the mood to get information that will improve the health of your body and mind, or even if you’re just looking for a new seafood snack to try, then read on and learn the alphabet of seafood.
A (Abalone) – Abalone are very large sea snails whose fittingly large feet are edible. The taste and texture is quite similar to that of the foot of a clam. Abalone are known by different names around the world, with some of them including Ear Shells, Sea Ears, Muttonfish, and Muttonshells.
B (Bivalves) – Bivalves are a class of aquatic animals sharing common features such as a two-hinged shell, flat and compressed bodies, and the lack of a true head. Clams, scallops, oysters and mussels are all great representatives of the bivalve class.
C (Cholesterol) – A diet that is high in shellfish, shrimp, and crabs has been shown to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in the human body. On the other hand, HDL, or “good” cholesterol levels can be bolstered by regular consumption of salmon and mackerel.
D (Dental Health) – Regular consumption of many varieties of seafood that are high in Vitamin D and calcium is a great way to ensure the long-term health of your teeth.
E (Electric Eels) – You’ll want to avoid electric eels whenever you can. 85% of their bodily organs are dedicated to producing the electric shocks that they use to stun and kill prey and to defend themselves against predators. One shock from an electric eel will rarely be fatal to humans, but several shocks can lead to an eventual death due to cardiac arrest.
F (Finnan Haddie) – Finnan Haddie is not a fish in and of itself, but rather a treasured Scottish dish featuring haddock. The haddock that will go on to become Finnan Haddie is smoked for long periods of time for preservation purposes. It is then poached in milk and served with cream. Alternately, it can be chopped up and used in soups and chowders.
G (Goldfish) – Goldfish may be the 2nd most commonly kept fish as a pet throughout the world, but they are likely the most well-known. If they are not properly cared for, they can lose their natural gold color and take on a silvery-gray tone. There are more than 20 different goldfish species in the world today.
H (Haddock) – Haddock is a large whitefish that primarily makes its home in the cold waters of the northern portion of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most commonly used fish in traditional English fish and chips platters.
I (Ich) – Ich, short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis is a disease that freshwater fish who are kept in home aquariums are susceptible to developing. It consists of bacterial parasites that appear as white dots on a fish’s scales and fins. The best way to help a fish avoid getting this disease is to keep their tank clean at all times and make sure a clean and effective aquarium filter is in use.
J (Japan) – Japan is a country that features one of the most seafood-heavy diets in all of the world. The economy of Japan is also highly dependent on the fishing industry. Seafood is so popular in Japan that one out of every ten fish eaten each year will be consumed in Japan.
K (K, the chemical symbol for potassium) – Potassium, also known as Vitamin K, is instrumental in maintaining cardiac health. It helps to lower high blood pressure and also aids in regulating a steady and consistent heartbeat. Crab meat is an excellent source of potassium.
L (Langostinos) – Langostinos are a small crustacean with a taste that lies somewhere between lobster and shrimp. Their name is actually the Spanish word for “little lobster”. To officially qualify as a langostino, specimen must be lightevr than 7 ounces in weight and shorter than 3 inches in length.
M (Magnesium) – Magnesium is a mineral element that presents many health benefits. It helps the body to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It also promotes muscle health and strength while helping the mind by raising serotonin levels. Fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and halibut are all great sources of magnesium.
N (Niacin) – Also known as Vitamin B3, niacin plays a big role in lowering both LDL cholesterol levels and cardiac health risks. Many people will get extra niacin from multivitamins, but a much tastier way of doing it is to eat fish such as Bluefin tuna and Skipjack mackerel, which are high in this nutrient.
O (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) – Found abundantly in oily fish such as salmon, Omega-3 fatty acids lower bad cholesterol and are great for the health of the human brain. Increased consumption of Omega-3s has been proven to help people suffering from neurological conditions such as ADHD, depression, autism, and even Alzheimer’s Disease.
P (Pollock) – Have you ever wondered what the red and white chunks of fish are in your seafood salad? They’re pollock. Pollock is considered to be a whitefish, though it has a stronger flavor and much more oily flesh than the bulk of fish in that category.
Q (Quakerfish) – The Quakerfish, also known by its scientific name of Malacanthus Brevirostris is one of the few animal species that features a name beginning with the letter Q. It is a small fish that rarely exceeds a foot in length and lives mostly in shallow, sandy waters in tropical regions.
R (Roe) – Roe is the name commonly applied to the eggs of any aquatic species. Some of the more famous edible forms of roe come from sturgeon, lobster, salmon, trout, tuna and hake. Sturgeon roe is usually referred to as caviar, with authentic versions being among the most expensive foods in the world, depending on the source.
S (Salmon) – Salmon is one of the most popular and widely enjoyed fish in the world and for very good reason. It is brimming with great taste as well as numerous nutritional benefits. Salmon is an excellent source of Vitamin D, protein, niacin and Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is available in several varieties here at Atlantic Seafood Market, including Sockeye, King, Coho, Irish, Norwegian and Arctic Char.
T (Telson) – Crustaceans such as lobsters and shrimp all have a body part known as the telson. It’s located at the tail end of the body, just above the actual tail itself. It helps to form the famous tail fan seen in many crustaceans caught for human consumption.
U (Urchins) – Despite their hard bodies and forboding spiky appearances, sea urchins are quite the enjoyable taste treat. When the shell is opened, one has access to the delicious edible portion that lurks within. Sea urchin is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ingredients in sushi and sashimi among those not afraid to experiment.
V (Vitamins) – If you’re a seafood fan, then you can rest assured that you’re on a vitamin-packed diet. Vitamins A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamins B2, 3, and 12 are present in great amounts in several different varieties of seafood.
W (Walleye) – The Walleye is a freshwater fish that is plentiful in rivers, brooks, and streams throughout the United States. It is the official state fish of Minnesota, Vermont, Ohio and South Dakota.
X (Xenisthmus clarus) – Xenisthmus clarus is the scientific name of the Clear wriggler. This is a fish that is mainly found in and around coral reefs in warm oceanic waters. You were probably wondering how we would manage to come up with a word for X, weren’t you?
Y (Youth) – It has been proven that eating oily fish such as salmon on a regular basis helps your body to stay in a state of youth and good health for a longer period of time than those who abstain from these foods. This is largely due to the high content of Omega-3 fatty acids in such fish.
Z (Zodiac) – The 12th and final sign of the Zodiac is Pisces, the sign of the fish. If your birthday falls between February 18 and March 20, then you fall under the sign of Pisces. Pisces folks are considered by astrologists to be sensitive, emotional, very perceptive, and resistant to change.