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FISH AND OMEGA-3S: GOOD FOOD = GOOD MOOD

Orlando, Fla. (March 14, 2007) — Medical researchers are offering another reason to enjoy fresh fish: Eating species like salmon, that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, may improve your mood. A University of Pittsburgh study this week shows that people who eat seafood high in omega-3s are generally more agreeable and less likely to be in a bad mood.

This  study comes on the heals of growing research that consistently suggests eating fish high in omega-3s provides tremendous benefits, from increasing heart health to reducing dementia in the elderly. Another recent study from the National Institutes of Health found that pregnant women who eat seafood may boost their child’s IQ.

People also want healthy options when they go out to eat. In fact, Red Lobster recently introduced an expanded fresh fish program to do just that. Each day, all 680 Red Lobsters across North America feature up to eight species of fresh fish flown in from around the world. Choices vary each day based on availability and include omega-3-rich salmon and trout, plus species such as red snapper, Arctic char, haddock, cod and grouper.

For home cooks, Red Lobster offers a new Virtual Fresh Fish cookbook at www.redlobster.com with recipes and tips for preparing fresh fish.

“There are so many delicious ways to prepare fresh fish, with the added bonus that it’s good for you,” said Red Lobster Executive Chef Michael LaDuke. “How many foods can you say that about?”

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About Red Lobster

Diners have recognized Red Lobster as the nation’s best seafood restaurant for 18 years in a row in nationwide polls by Restaurants & Institutions magazine.  Red Lobster restaurants served more than 145 million guests in fiscal 2006 (ending May 28, 2006). It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants Inc. (NYSE: DRI).  Darden also owns and operates Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill and Seasons 52 restaurants.  For the Red Lobster nearest you, call 1-800-LOBSTER or visit www.redlobster.com.

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