Seafood Allergies and Nutritional Benefits

Loading the player...

Registered Dietician, talks about allergies to shellfish and what nutritional value shellfish can offer as an alternative to meat.

Registered Dietician, talks about allergies to shellfish and what nutritional value shellfish can offer as an alternative to meat.

1311 Views
Video transcript

Shellfish are the most common food allergens and refers to the family of foods that includes mussels, oysters, octopus, scallops shrimp, crab, clams and lobster.

Having a shellfish allergy does not mean one is automatically allergic to finned fish like salmon because the protein in question causing the immune response is different.

Hives and inflammation of the throat are less severe symptoms, with rapid anaphylaxis also a risk.

It’s important to note that compared to fatty fish like salmon, shellfish have much lower Omega-3 content and no Vitamin D3.

Nutritionally, shellfish are an important part of the mediterranean style of eating where they help to replace red meat.

Shellfish are a great source of protein, iron, zinc and B12 while being quite low in fat and calories.

Since they have a similar nutritional profile to meat and poultry, they are useful protein alternatives for pescatarians who don’t consume those foods.

Presenter: Andy De Santis, Registered Dietitian, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

Premier Practitioners

Dr. David Fahmy

Dr. David Fahmy

Allergist
Hamilton, ON
HealthChoicesFirst practitioner

Dr. Paul Keith

Allergist
Hamilton, ON
Dr. Susan Waserman

Dr. Susan Waserman

Allergist
Hamilton, ON

97-100 People got two or more of these video questions wrong... ( 2 participated.)

Seafood Allergies and Nutritional Benefits

Questions
 
True
False
1

Shellfish are the least common food allergens.

Explanation:

Shellfish are the most common food allergens.

2

Octopus isn't considered shellfish.

Explanation:

Shellfish includes mussels, oysters, octopus, scallops shrimp, crab, clams and lobster.

3

Hives and inflammation of the throat are less severe symptoms of a shellfish allergy.

Explanation:

Hives and inflammation of the throat are less severe symptoms of a shellfish allergy.

4

Shellfish have much lower omega-3 content than salmon.

Explanation:

Shellfish have much lower omega-3 content than salmon.

5

Shellfish is not a good source of zinc.

Explanation:

Shellfish is a great source of protein, iron, zinc and B12.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

QA Chat