Check Out the Health Benefits of Lobster
Did you know that a lobster dinner is as healthy as it is delicious?
Lobster is a culinary delicacy that is enjoyed in pasta dishes, sushi rolls, and chowders as well as on its own. You never have to feel guilty about ordering this tender, buttery meat! Lobster is a lean protein that is packed with nutrients. Unlike filet mignon, it’s great for your waistline and your heart. If you are looking for more healthy, delicious foods, lobster is a great choice!
What’s Under Lobster’s Shell?
When you eat 145 grams of cooked lobster, you are getting 28 grams of protein with just 1 gram of fat, 129 calories, and 0 carbohydrates according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In contrast, 145 grams of filet mignon has 32 grams of protein but 10 grams of fat and 231 calories.
Along with being a lean protein, lobster is packed with essential vitamins and minerals including
Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin A
What are the health benefits of lobster?
Improves Heart Health
Cardiovascular or heart disease is the leading cause of death in America and around the world. Studies suggest that eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease. 3 ounces of lobster has 200 to 500 milligrams (mg) of omega-3s. It isn’t just great for your heart and healthy cholesterol level, it also reduces your risk of obesity and diabetes.
Protects against Thyroid Disease
Another important nutrient in lobster is selenium. Your body needs selenium for healthy thyroid function. It helps your body absorb and metabolize hormones along with acting as an antioxidant. Studies suggest that getting more selenium can also improve your general wellbeing and mood.
Strengthen Your Mind
Omega-3s, vitamin B12, and choline are all essential nutrients for a healthy mind that are found in lobsters. B12 plays a vital role in brain function and nerve strength. Choline plays a role in developing your mind’s neurotransmitters. Studies suggest that both choline and omega-3 fatty acids can protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids may also decrease impulsivity, aggression, and depression according to the National Institute on Alcohol and Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
What’s the catch?
Like any other seafood, it is important to be aware that lobster contains some mercury. Health experts recommend limiting yourself to six 3-oz servings of lobster a month. If you are a woman who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should eat it less often.
When you pick up lobster to cook at home, be sure to get it from a trusted fishmonger! The risk of food-borne illness increases with seafood if it is not fresh. Here at City Fish Market, you can pick up live Maine lobsters! Or order freshly cooked lobster.