When you think of lobster, you don’t immediately think of it as healthy food – the first thought in your mind may be that is (according to public opinion, at least) expensive and reserved only for special occasions. Nothing could be further from the truth, however; it doesn’t have to be expensive, and it has a lot of health benefits.
It’s truly a great food and can be consumed in many different ways – in soups, appetizers, bisques, rolls, and of course, as a main course. Have you ever wondered what makes lobster so great? Here are the top health benefits of eating lobster meat you should know about.
Lobsters contain a high content of protein and a low proportion of fat – it does contain some cholesterol (and although it’s of the healthy kind, you may want to check with a physician before presenting it to people suffering from high blood pressure). However, barring any health limitations, it’s great for athletes and fitness-conscious people.
High mineral content
In order for the body to function to its full potential, it needs to have a regular and healthy mineral intake – and lobster is a great way to ensure this. Lobster is high in copper, which aids in bone development and recovery. It also contains a lot of selenium, which promotes the immune system and helps regulate the thyroid gland. Aside from this, lobster also helps in phosphorous intake (for good kidney function and decrease in pain caused by arthritis), and vitamin B12 (which is essential for red blood cell generation and the healthiness of nerves). Its meat also contains zinc – for brain activity – and potassium, great for all muscles and especially the heart.
It’s a wonderful food, and it should be eaten more often. It’s actually a natural remedy for many ailments, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Colon cancer
- And many more
Making sure it’s quality
If you’re going to have lobster, it’s important to make sure you get the best, and that it doesn’t spoil before consumption (as lobster and other sea food like shrimp and crab easily does). Make sure it’s alive and frisky when you buy it – it’s better to source your lobster from reputable online lobster delivery companies, so you’re sure they’re sent straight from the port – and consume as quickly as possible.
Interesting fact: a long time ago, lobsters were not known for their delicious meat yet – they were considered to be a lower class of food (probably due to the shape and the lower amount of meat to weight ratio – like shrimp and crab), and hence they were fed to the prisoners in Alcatraz. Funny how things go; these prisoners were fed the best and most healthy meat available, without even knowing it.
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