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The healthy properties of King Crab

21/05/2015

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King Crab is crustacean that is low in fat and contains just 82 calories per 85 grams serving. The seafood offers many nutritional benefits, including a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, protein as well as many vitamins and minerals and can be an occasional part of your diet making crab a smart addition to your healthy eating plan.

Protein

The protein in your body breaks down on a constant basis, and adequate intake of the nutrient is essential for rebuilding your muscles and tissues. Crab is a complete source of protein, which means that it supplies each of the 20 amino acids your body needs to make these new proteins. The daily recommendation for protein is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 85 grams serving of crab meat supplies 16.45 grams of protein toward these goals.

Minerals

King crab legs are an excellent food source of minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc and copper. One leg offers 84mg of magnesium, or 20 percent of the RDA; 375mg of phosphorus, or more than 50 percent of the RDA; 53.5mcg of selenium and 10.2mg of zinc, nearly 100 percent of the RDA for each; and 1.6mg of copper, or about 75 percent of the RDA. These minerals perform a variety of functions in the body, including red blood cell and protein formation, bone health, and immune system function. It must be noted that king crab legs are high in sodium because they are a salt-water species. One leg contains more than 1,400mg of sodium.

Vitamin B12

Crab is an impressive source of vitamin B12, of which you need 2.4 micrograms each day. A 85 grams serving of crab meat supplies 9.78 micrograms. Vitamin B12 enables your body to produce healthy red blood cells. The vitamin also supports normal brain function. Getting sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Omega-3

Rich in Omega-3 fat most of the fat in a king crab leg is heart-healthy unsaturated fat (.2 gram of monounsaturated fat and .7g of polyunsaturated fat). King crab is rich in a class of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids known for their health benefits and found in all seafood: omega-3 fatty acids. One serving provides 614mg of omega-3 fatty acids, making it an excellent food source for this nutrient. According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help prevent low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol from adhering to artery walls.

Knowing this background, can you wait to taste our Crabit Red King Crab??

Sources: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/crab-meat-healthy-3614.html ; http://www.seafoodworld.net/health-benefits-of-crab-legs/

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