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Crustaceans: Delicious and Nutritious
You are probably no stranger to salmon’s heroic health qualities by now, but what about the superpowers of shellfish? Besides the 7 million Americans who are allergic, shellfish (specifically crustaceans in this case) pack a nutrient-powered punch and provide so many health benefits when added to your diet. The nutritional secrets these ocean delicacies hold within their shells are definitely worth cracking into, so grab your crab crackers and let’s dig in!
Crustaceans like shrimp, lobster, and crab contain meat that is low-fat and low-calorie while being high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. The high mineral content of shellfish is perhaps their most notable quality, crustaceans, in particular, being high in zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral important to the immune system, DNA synthesis, gene expression, protein synthesis, enzyme reactions, and overall growth. It is important to remember that it cannot be stored in or produced by the body, therefore zinc is a nutrient that must be inconsistent supply from your diet due to its vital role in the body’s functioning. This is why zinc-rich foods are pivotal to consume, and crustaceans truly fit the bill.
Other minerals like iron, niacin, and selenium make their home in the meat of shrimp, lobster, and crab, and if you’re looking for a great source of vitamins such as variations of B, A, E, and K, you’ll also find it in these shelled-ocean dwellers. Seafood in general is a nutrient-dense food group, especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and crustaceans are no exception. Additionally, they are low in cholesterol, and contrary to popular belief, they are even relatively low in mercury.
Health benefits you can really feel from the nutrients in crustaceans include decreased inflammation, noticeable improvements to your hair, skin, and nails, an expedited immune response, and a lowered risk of heart disease to name just a few. What more can we say about these delicious and nutritious critters - being so rich, decadent, and healthy, how could you resist! Do your body a great service and treat yourself to a crustacean feast tonight.
To get your hands on this superfood, order online from us today! We take pride in our seafood here at Tanner’s, and you surely won’t be disappointed with our high-quality selection of lobster, crab, and shrimp.