House Calls

SUM 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2018 } 17 The result: A quarter of a homemade seafood platter including fried cod, scallops, and shrimp, potatoes, tartar sauce, and five hushpuppies packs 2,060 calories, 102g total fat, 16g saturated fat, 3,807mg sodium, 223g carbohydrates, and 22g sugar. MAKE IT HEALTHY The Seafood Platter A healthier way: The good news? Often, you can choose the preparation method of your platter's protein. To maximize fresh seafood's flavor and cut the calories and fat, opt for seafood that has been grilled, pan seared, broiled, or poached in broth. Swap French fries and hushpuppies for a plain baked sweet potato and some cholesterol-lowering, fiber-packed non-starchy vegetables like grilled okra or sliced juicy tomatoes. "Your gut will thank you!" says Appel. If nothing else, beware of portion size. If you're splurging on a fried platter, order it as an appetizer to share with the table rather than as your meal. Try this! What's the problem? Sending any food, including protein-rich seafood, through the fryer means it emerges a less healthful entrée. Fats used for frying, such as soybean and peanut oil, commercial shortening and lard, are heavy in saturated fat (one cup of peanut oil has 37g saturated fat; one cup of lard packs 80g), frequent consumption of which can raise LDL (or "bad") cholesterol levels. Pair the fried protein with French fries and hushpuppies—"small deep-fried balls made from a cornmeal batter," defines Appel—plus a side of honey butter or tartar sauce, and you'll be well above the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans' recommendation of limiting saturated fats to 10 percent of your daily caloric intake. Another problem? Serving size. Though the dishes (which are often aptly dubbed platters) are typically ordered for one, they could easily feed two adults, notes Appel. "Luckily there are now ways to make your seafood crunchy without deep frying it," says Appel. One is to use an air fryer, a kitchen gadget that uses hot air and a small amount of oil (as little as a tablespoon) to create crispy "fried" foods. Up and down the coast of the Carolinas, vacationers and locals alike flock to seafood restaurants during summer. Often the crown jewel of such eateries is the fried seafood platter: an overflowing assortment of fresh catches (shrimp, fish, oysters, etc.) served alongside a pile of French fries, hushpuppies, and condiments. While the dish may be iconic, it's also a legendary diet buster, says Roper St. Francis affiliated dietitian Alexis Appel. 102g total fat

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