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Food Substitutes for Fish and Shellfish

If you have a fish or shellfish allergy, there aren’t really substitutes for either one.

Things to keep in mind:

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  • Get healthy oils elsewhere. If you're looking for healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, you can get them from plant sources, too. Walnuts, flaxseed oil, and canola oil are good source of omega-3 fatty acids, but the body only converts a small amount to DHA (the type of fatty acid found in fish). Talk to your doctor about vegetarian sources of DHA such as microalgae (spirulina). If you are allergic to shellfish, you may be able to take fish oil. Check with your doctor.
  • Watch out for artificial seafood. Even foods like imitation crab meat may contain fish or shellfish.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on October 31, 2014

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