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Beyond the Grocery Aisles: Finding Superior Seafood at The Crab Place

Updated: May 31

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Walking through a grocery store’s seafood section often leaves a lot to be desired. While convenient, these aisles represent the baseline of seafood - where freshness is a bonus and variety rarely ventures beyond the farmed salmon and generic shrimp. For anyone looking to achieve a healthy meal, there are simply better options.


Not All Seafood Is Equal

Crabber pulling up crab pot form the bay

Just because what you see in the grocery store looks like seafood – doesn’t mean it possesses the quality of taste and nutrients that Wild-Caught seafood is meant to provide. When it is recommended that you eat more seafood for the variety of health benefits it provides, it is not what you find at the grocery store that is being recommended.


Big Box Grocery stores cater to the masses. The products they serve are not only inexpensive and convenient for you, the consumer to buy, but they are also inexpensive and convenient for the grocery stores to buy – meaning they are selling out on quality and vital nutrients to deliver you a convenient product.


Wild-Caught vs. Farm-Raised

Waterman on small boat pulling up a line

Because catching wild-caught seafood is a labor-intensive job regardless of the species harvested, the work comes at a price – both physically and economically. Therefore, sourcing all-natural seafood is not cheap. Grocery stores can’t afford to bring you wild-caught seafood because frankly, there just isn’t enough to go around. They need an alternative that farm-raised seafood provides.


Farm-raised seafood allows fish like salmon to be raised in mass quantities. However, this production raises the fish in crowded pens. These crowded pens prevent the Salmon from swimming freely and developing the high quality of nutrients associated with the fish. With no place to escape, these fish find themselves roaming in feces contaminated waters increasing the likelihood that your grocery store salmon will have harmful toxins.


This entrapment isn’t the only thing that stunts their nutrient development though. Farm-raised salmon are often fed a plant-based diet making them underdeveloped in omega-3 fatty acids – one of the main nutrients that makes the fish attractive to those who choose it for its health benefits. A diet lacking in wild crustaceans and zooplankton also prevents the farm-raised salmon from developing its vibrant pink and red color. Farm-raised salmon have to consume a manufactured chemical to obtain their pink color, otherwise the fish you would see laying in the display case claiming to be salmon, would actually be a ghoulish shade of gray.


Let’s not stop with Salmon though. The shrimp you see doesn’t get much better. Just like farmed salmon, farmed shrimp are also raised in controlled environments. Their unnatural diets often contain fishmeal – which is grounded dry fish parts. And like salmon, this diet affects the shrimps’ texture and taste.


key West pink shrimp on Linguini

What now?

If quality matters to you, and you want to reap the benefits of your investments into your diet and health, then choose a seafood source who can deliver the highest quality seafood available. Don’t settle for less when you have the option to have World-Class seafood delivered to your door on the date of your choosing – which by the way, is pretty convenient. Choose a source that has your best experience in mind.


 




Watch as former NFL QB, Brett Hundley shows us the differences in store bought seafood versus that delivered from CrabPlace.com




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