The McLean, Virginia-headquartered National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has launched a new YouTube channel, AboutSeafood that educates health care professionals and curious consumers about the role of seafood in the diet. The trade association’s registered dietitian, Jennifer McGuire (pictured above), hosts the channel.
“Seafood is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, yet confusion still exists about how much to eat, what pregnant women and children’s seafood diets should look like, and how fish fits into an overall eating pattern,” said McGuire. “Through conversations with colleagues in the nutrition space, we hope to debunk myths and provide clarity about seafood.”
The core videos on the AboutSeafood YouTube channel feature McGuire with expert guests, like registered dietitian and author of My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus, Nancy Tringali Piho. These ten-minute conversations include graphics, pullout quotes, and tips for dieticians and consumers.
The channel also offers shorter videos where McGuire shares quick facts about seafood nutrition.
“YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google, making it an important platform to provide accurate, actionable information about eating seafood from credentialed professionals,” said Lynsee Fowler, NFI’s communications manager. “We’re certainly not new to this space – we’ve produced more than 600 videos on our primary NFI YouTube account, but having a channel specifically focused on health and nutrition, that brings in specialists from all over, is an exciting new video effort.”
Viewers can get to know the AboutSeafood host in an introductory video where McGuire shares her background in nutrition and describes what eating seafood looks like inside her home with her husband and three sons in Texas. The host explains that she lived in different cities during each pregnancy, and received conflicting and often inaccurate advice about eating seafood from her respective health care providers.
“Having a deep understanding of nutrition science is the backbone of the information my guests and I share in these conservations,” said McGuire. “By pairing that science with practical tips, we help health care professionals – and the families they interact with – get more seafood on the table.”
The channel will be regularly updated with new videos. McGuire is attending the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 26-29, where she’ll be sitting down with a number of nutrition experts to film new episodes for the channel.