We want to laugh when we get this question, but in reality it’s an honest question that needs to be answered. Is seafood gluten free?
After the Fish Fixe founders appeared on Shark Tank, we received a barrage of questions ranging from, “do you ship to Canada, where can I buy the sauce and are all of your fish gluten free?” We laughed a bit but then we realized there is a serious lack of education on what gluten actually is. And as a seafood company that prides itself on offering nutritious protein options that fit into a wide range of diets, we feel we hold some responsibility to educate consumers.
So what is gluten?
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.
Where would I commonly find gluten?
- Baked goods
Fish Fixe and Gluten
At Fish Fixe we sell seafood, shellfish, crab and salmon cakes. ALL of our seafood and shellfish are gluten free. Our Maryland Style Crab Cakes, Creole Remoulade Salmon Cakes and Jalapeno Crab Cakes are NOT gluten free. You can find their ingredients here. These are made with wheat, which contains gluten.
The seafood and shellfish sold in our shop are “bare naked fish” such as Salmon, Halibut, Shrimp, Cobia, Haddock and more. All of our seafood products are portioned into 6 oz. filets, flash frozen and vacuum sealed. When they arrive at the consumer’s doorstep, they are ready to be thawed and seasoned.
How does seafood fit into certain diets?
If you subscribe to the Paleo or Keto Diet, seafood will be at the top of your menu as a good source of protein. Both of these diets emphasize healthy fats such as salmon.
According to MayoClinic.org, a Paleo Diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. A paleo diet, or sometimes referred to as the caveman diet, is exactly that, eating foods that existed before farming emerged, such as dairy products, legumes and grains.
Paleo focuses on:
- Nuts and seeds
- Lean meats, especially grass-fed animals or wild game
- Fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, cobia and sardines
- Oils from fruits and nuts, such as olive oil or walnut oil
The Keto Diet emphasizes high-fat foods and severely restricts carbohydrates. Seeds, full-fat cheese and other dairy products, plain Greek yogurt, non-starchy and fibrous vegetables, oils, along with smaller amounts of meats, eggs and fish, are welcome in the Keto Diet.
You’ll need to sharply limit carbohydrates, including bread and baked goods, sweets, pasta, breakfast cereals, starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and peas, beans, fruit, and beer.
Foods like avocado, coconut oil, nuts, nut butter, chicken thighs, shrimp or crab and red meat are all welcome in the Keto Diet. Fruits and vegetables should be minimized to about 10-20 grams per day.
According to mayoclinic.org, a typical American diet consists of 50% or more carbohydrates, which convert to glucose in the body. Your cells burn that glucose as fuel. But when you switch to a very high-fat, low-carb diet, your body, by necessity, shifts away from glucose and instead uses fatty acids and ketone bodies for energy. This process is called ketosis — hence the diet’s name.
So if you’re ready to take on Keto or Paleo, eating seafood at least 2x a week will check the boxes, but also provide you with a filling, nutritious, vitamin-rich meal. If you need meal inspiration, visit Fish Fixe Kitchen.