Seafood is among the healthiest food categories listed on restaurant menus and served on dining tables outside or at home. Their vibrant color and unique appearances belonging to the same underwater kingdom make them even more distinct and sought-after. It’s not a secret that shrimps, crabs, mussels, scallops, squid, oysters, lobsters, fish and other types of seafood are much more expensive than other food. Also, they are not the typical choices you will see in eating places.
Although seafood is rare and usually dependent on seasons, thus, it is looked forward to, there are still some people who do not eat some or most of them. There are even some who do not eat seafood at all. If you eat seafood and most especially if you are a seafood lover, you might find it crazy that some people are missing the best from fresh seafood! However, there are reasons, and these reasons might be nothing for seafood eaters but are actually crucial for those who are not.
Below are 5 reasons why some people do not eat seafood.
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When it comes to health, it is sometimes annoying that there are good stuff you are restricted to do and that there are sumptuous dishes you are not allowed to eat. Allergies make those things happen, especially when it comes to food.
Not everyone who does not eat seafood hate seafood. Some are just allergic to them. Well, they may like it; it’s just that their allergies fail them. It’s not really common to know people who are allergic to fish, but the most common seafood to which people are usually allergic are crabs and shrimps.
Food allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to what the body consumes. When it comes to hypersensitivity to shellfish such as crabs and shrimps, the immune system mistakenly distinguishes a particular protein as a dangerous one. That is why production of antibodies gets activated.
A person allergic to seafood, especially shellfish, usually experiences skin itchiness and redness, swelling of some body parts such as lips and ears, breathing difficulty, vomiting and dizziness. For some, the allergy could be mild, but for others, it could be strong. This is one of the chiefest and common reasons why some people do not eat seafood.
There are times when seafood viands do not taste good, or they just taste disgusting and fishy. Some other times, they might have a stench smell and stale insides. For some people, one experience is enough for them to not try eating seafood again. There are people who have some sort of trauma from eating such seafood, so they hesitate to give it another chance.
This happens when you do not see to it that you are buying fresh seafood. That’s why it is very important that you know the signs of freshness in seafood. In that way, you will be able to avoid purchasing and getting bad picks which are close to rotting. Moreover, before cooking fresh seafood, make sure that you clean them well to remove any stench smell and feel.
For some people, the first experience of eating certain seafood defy if there will be a next time.
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There are people who highly consider the look of the food before considering to eat it. On that note, some people are not enticed with how seafood look. They are either scared or turned off because of how they appear. Well, this case is obviously subjective.
Some people are terrified with how crabs and lobsters look. For shellfish like oysters and mussels, some people do not find them inviting. Especially when seeing their insides, some people are reluctant because they do not know if everything is edible or if there are parts to be left uneaten.
This is basically one of the most obvious reasons why there are people who neglect eating seafood. They love meat, beef, pork and chicken just very much! They are used to having these on a daily basis that they do not give some space in their eating life for seafood to sit in.
Not to mention, particular restaurants and most fast food chains do not offer seafood in their menu. If ever there is, it is mixed with chicken and the like, or it is cooked and prepared similar with how they are done with meat. The chances of ordering and eating fresh seafood in most food places are low, so some people are getting too used to not having them.
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Compared to eating chicken, beef and pork, it is without a doubt that there is much greater effort one has to put when eating seafood. That is one of the biggest reasons why some people just choose not to eat seafood. They do not want to spend too much time getting their food opened or skinned. Additionally, it requires a certain kind of skill for you to do and finish it.
Being able to eat seafood after working on it on your own, especially with bare hands, is no joke. Before everything else, of course, you need to be willing to have your hands dirtied -- well, it doesn’t get “dirty”, but it gets messy, wet, oily and things like that you understand.
When eating crabs, you should know how to use your hands and to find the proper techniques in opening them and getting the most meat out of every part that has. It is really challenging since your fingers may get wounded and cut when opening and pulling the meat and breaking the crab’s legs and claws.
When eating fish, you need to be very careful and sharp-eyed. Removing fish bones is not a piece of cake. Of course, you must also feel well so that you will know when a fish bone gets in your mouth even before it goes into your throat.
When eating shrimp, it is very usual and recommended to skin it with bare hands because it’s easier. You can actually utilize your utensils, but you have to be an expert in it. It’s harder, of course.
Different seafoods also demand different kinds of effort before you can take them into your mouth and down to your tummy. Not everyone wants to mess up his/her hands before enjoying the fresh seafood meal. Not everybody is willing to give it time before experiencing the best.
People have distinct preferences, especially when it comes to food. You might be the kind of person who loves seafood, or you might be that one who does not like it. There are always reasons to it. Just keep in mind that fresh seafood is good for the health and delightful to the heart. Although not everyone chooses to eat it, it is significant that you choose to because tons of nutrients needed by the human body can be found in fresh seafood.
More about the author: Nicole Ann Pore believes that freshness of what people eat is always important not only because of the experience but also of its health implications. She writes about matters that revolve around fresh seafood and the market industry. Nicole is a daytime writer for Manettas Seafood Market Australia, an online and interactive seafood market allowing accessibility to the highest quality seafood from Australia and abroad.