Eating Seafood at Red Lobster

Post Gulf Oilspill – Eating Seafood These Days?
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I took my Mom out to eat at Red Lobster day before yesterday. First time I’d had seafood since the Gulf Oil Spill.

I grilled (no pun intended) the poor waitperson mercilessly on the subject. Thankfully, he was knowledgeable. He told me that the Darden Group immediately and aggressively began taking measures to make sure their seafood was unaffected by the oil spill.

I was also told that most of the seafood served at Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and other restaurants in the Darden Group chain are farm-raised and not wild-caught. This brings up another nutrition issue.

Initially, I was disappointed to hear the seafood was farm-raised since research shows that wild-caught fish is nutritionally more balanced as far as Omega fatty acid ratios. Prior to the massive pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, I would have always opted for wild-caught seafood. However, since then, might farm-raised be safer?

On the one hand, it is good to know that the seafood we ate had been properly screened for oil spill toxicity. On the other hand, I’d sure like to see more wild-caught, Atlantic seafood on the menu.

I wish I had thought to ask what steps the Darden group takes to test for mercury and other heavy metals in their seafood since this a growing concern as well. Oh, well, something to talk about the next time I find myself in a Red Lobster restaurant.

Speaking of Omega fatty acid ratios, these are also affected in beef, depending on how the beef is raised. Read about grain-fed beef vs grass-fed beef

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