NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The best way to save on food in the summertime is to cook and eat seafood, according to the American Seafood Association.
That’s the conclusion of a survey of more than 10,000 American seafood eaters, which was published Monday.
“It is the most cost-effective way to spend the summer,” said Andrew DeLuca, president and CEO of the association, in a statement.
“Our members have the most time and money to spend on their food, and it saves us money.”
A survey of nearly 10,600 American seafood eating adults also found that, for many, the best way for a family to save money on food is to eat fish.
The survey of 3,500 adults found that 77 percent of adults said they are saving money by choosing seafood over chicken or pork.
Another 22 percent said they’re saving money because they prefer their fish less salty and fresh.
More than half of the survey’s respondents (52 percent) said they plan to eat less fish this summer, and another 21 percent said it’s a non-issue.
Nearly a quarter of respondents (23 percent) say they plan on eating less fish, while 10 percent said their diet is more about avoiding harmful toxins.
“This survey highlights the importance of the American seafood industry to the nation,” said Mark Hurd, president of the Seafood Council of the United States, in the statement.
Hurd said the association is working with federal, state and local governments to promote the use of seafood products.
The association’s findings also suggest that American consumers may be getting more seafood out of the ocean than they think.
“The survey showed that more Americans believe their seafood is the best,” Hurd told FoxNews.com.
“That’s really a good sign.
We want people to see that there’s a growing trend, but that we’re not the only ones who are buying the best.”