Seafood Facts & Myths

Loving the convenience and flavor of Morey’s is easy. But, there’s a lot of chatter that makes it hard to know what to believe when it comes to fish and seafood. We’re hoping to set the record straight on just a few of the common misconceptions.

Myth: Avoid seafood to lower blood cholesterol
Fact: Seafood in general contains a high level of cholesterol; however it is low in saturated fats. Cholesterol found in seafood and other meats has little effect on blood cholesterol in most people.

Myth: Limit fish intake because it contains mercury
Fact: Recent studies have suggested there are no significant risks posed to most adults by enjoying a healthy diet that includes fish and seafood. In fact, the health benefits far outweigh any risks. High-mercury fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish) are not included in Morey’s line of products. Mercury poses the most significant risks to young children and pregnant or nursing mothers. Be sure to consult a physician if you have questions or concerns related to fish and seafood consumption for these groups.

Myth: Mahi Mahi is actually dolphin meat.
Fact: Mahi Mahi is really a fish from tropical waters. Another common name for it is dolphin fish but it’s not actually the well-loved mammal commonly referred to as dolphin, which is protected and not used for food in the United States or Canada.

Myth: Fish has a strong smell and tastes fishy.
Fact: Properly stored fish should be mild in smell and taste, whether fresh or frozen.

Myth: Seafood is difficult to cook.
Fact: There are plenty of seafood recipes that are easy to follow under our Recipe section. Morey’s also makes it even easier to enjoy seafood by offering a full line of ready to prepare fish and shrimp. Also, the use of a meat thermometer makes cooking fish to the correct temperature easy. When your fish reaches an internal temp of 145 degrees F it is done.

Myth: Fish aren’t a significant source of vitamins and minerals.
Fact: Many fish are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and many of the B vitamins vital to good nutrition. In addition, seafood is a great source of high quality protein.

Myth: If you buy shrimp labeled “Jumbo”, you’ll always get the same size shrimp.
Fact: The industry standard is to measure shrimp by the count or number of shrimp it takes to equal a pound. For instance if shrimp are labeled “4-6”, that means there will be 4 to 6 shrimp per pound. Labels like small, medium, large and jumbo are not regulated.

Myth: Oysters and other shellfish should be eaten only in months with an “r” in them.
Fact: Due to commercial farming and harvesting oysters are safe year round. In fact, any commercially available shellfish is safe to eat through out the year.

Myth: Eating shellfish with milk will make you sick.
Fact: While you may choose not to do so because of religious reasons, drinking milk while eating shellfish has no ill effects.