Cape Cod is famous for many things and fresh seafood is near the top of the list. You can't get fish any fresher than what jumps off the boat and practically walks itself across the parking lot to the fish market.
Summer is prime seafood time. Whether you grill at home or enjoy fried everything from picnic benches at the clam shacks, seafood is king on the Cape.
The U.S. government suggests we eat two seafood meals every week. And when you learn its nutritional value, it's easy to see why. Compared to other high-protein foods such as meat and poultry, lean species of fish like cod, flounder and sole, contain 100 calories or less per 3 ounce portion.
Even fattier fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring hold 200 calories or less in a 3 ounce serving.
All of the nutritious benefits can be negated with the purchase of fish that's less than fresh. So how do you know what you're getting? Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you go the fish store or fish counter at the supermarket.
For more information on healthy fish consumption, go to seafoodhealthfacts.org.