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Why Should You Get Real About Seafood?


What’s your excuse? Americans cite many reasons for eating less than the recommended servings of seafood weekly, such as:


  • Belief that they DO eat the recommended amount of fish
  • Perception that they are NOT personally at risk for omega-3 deficiency
  • Lack of confidence in selecting or preparing seafood


Get Real About Seafood wants raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. This website provides the tools and resources to help people eat a diet rich in fish.


Did You Know? Cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly one in four deaths in the United States. Eating fish at least twice a week reduces the risk of heart disease by at least 30 percent, whether you already have heart disease or not.i

Healthcare Professionals:

Get resources that can be used for patient communication including:



  • Download a discussion guide to talk with your doctor about eating more seafood.

  • Learn about several easy ways to prepare seafood using what you already have in your pantry, like canned or pouch tuna. Find great seafood recipes here.

  • Explore a fact sheet for more information.

  • See how seafood can benefit everyone in your family by exploring the Benefits by Age.

We’ve Teamed Up With

Premiere cardiovascular specialist, Dr. Matthew Budoff, has teamed up with the National Fisheries Institute to help you understand why you should and how you can eat more seafood.

Dr. Lori Mosca

About Dr. Matthew J. Budoff

Cardiovascular Specialist

Matthew J. Budoff, MD, FACC, is Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac CT at the Division of Cardiology at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Budoff is chief investigator in several active medical research trials, and is a frequent lecturer on topics of cardiology at symposia, congresses, and annual conferences on every continent. He has authored or co-authored more than 500 research papers, six books, and 36 book chapters. Dr. Budoff received the Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK, and awarded the Top Oral Abstract at the American Heart Association’s 2009 meeting. Most recently, he was named to the U.S. News & World Report list of Top Doctors for 2011. News and Media

iHorn, L. V., PhD, RD., McCoin, M., MPH, RD., Kris-Etherton, P. M., PhD, RD., Burke, F., MS, RD.,Carson, J. A. S., PhD, RD., Champagne, C. M., PhD, RD., Sikand, G., MA, RD. (2008, February). The Evidence for Dietary Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108(2).