Cod’s Gift To Health

This week, we welcome a guest blogger, Gabriela Sneider, a college student from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a business development associate for the Santa Barbara Fish Market to talk about her  sustainable diet. Take it away, Gabriela!

Ever thought about switching to a sustainable seafood diet? Do your body a favor and move towards a healthier lifestyle. Eating a sustainable seafood diet benefits your health, local fishermen, and protects the environment. As an Environmental Studies major, it is extremely important to conserve our precious ecosystems. Eating a sustainable seafood diet is definitely the way to go!

After much research, I have come to realize the various factors that can reduce the risk of disease as a result of a sustainable diet. Cod, specifically, is a healthy and scrumptious choice and can be easily prepared! It has many dietary benefits such as easily absorbed protein and a little to no fat content.

As a freshman, I was skeptical to try seafood in the dinning commons since I didn’t know where it was coming from. Now that I live in my own apartment in Isla Vista, I am much more aware of the kind of seafood that I am feeding my body and have personally experienced many of the benefits— mainly, weight loss. College students must take care of their physical and mental health in order to perform well in school; eating sustainable seafood can lead students to a better lifestyle.

Cod is an easy fish to add flavors to since it isn’t a strong-tasting fish; it is pretty mild in its taste. You can add a drizzle of lemon, garlic, or olive oil to the fish with a pinch of salt and pepper. For more of an Asian flavoring, sear the cod in soy or teriyaki sauce. My favorite is the Asian cod because it adds a delicious and unique taste!

The Santa Barbara Fish Market allows people to support our local fishermen and buy fresh seafood online or buy fresh fish online.

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  • Ellen Siegel

    Just last evening on the news( Brian Williams ) ran a story about new regulations impacting the COD fisherman in the oldest operating seaport in the U.S., Gloucester, Mass., reducing by 70%, the amount of COD,their mainstay, that they can bring in. This is the result of years of overfishing resulting in diminished catches over the last many years. Cod may soon join Swordfish and others that have become the victims of overfishing to satisfy our palates and our desire to eat “healthier ” diets.

  • Dan Kamys

    Hi Ellen,

    Would you happen to have a link to the story? I’d love to take more of a look. Thank you for this interesting information that gives a broader context to this entry!


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