Crab meat is a popular and versatile type of seafood. It is also very healthy and a good addition to a balanced diet, as it contains many nutrients coupled with a low fat content.
But there is a widespread notion, that crabs are not good for your health. Nutritionists however argue that crab meat is nutritionally good as it is high in vitamins and high quality proteins and amino acids. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorus and iron, while having lower levels of fat and carbohydrates.
Crabs are a sweet and succulent delicacy that is extremely popular universally.
Good for diabetics: Along with all other shellfish, crabs are rich in chromium, which helps insulin to metabolize sugar, and thereby lowers the blood glucose levels in the body.
Anti-cancer properties: All shellfish and crab too, have plentiful amounts of selenium. Selenium is an anti-oxidant, and cancels out the carcinogenic effects of cadmium, mercury and arsenic, which can cause tumors. Higher levels of selenium in the blood lead to lower rates of cancer. In fact, lysate, which is extracted from the blue blood of the horse-shoe crab is used for detection of spinal meningitis and for fighting cancer.
Heavy Cholesterol? While blue crabs have 28mg of cholesterol per ounce, Dungeness crabs have only 22mg and Alaska king crabs have as little as 15mg. Compare this with chicken – 22mg and a sirloin steak – 25mg. While crab meat crab meat is low in saturated fat, the presence of chromium helps to increase the level of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body, and thus reduces the risk of strokes and coronary and circulatory heart disease. In fact, crabs contain sterol, which restrict the absorption of other cholesterol, eaten during a meal.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Crabs, like all shellfish, are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which it gets from phytoplanktons and algae. Omega-3 fatty acids, help in reducing the stickiness of blood platelets, thus making red blood cells more flexible and ensuring smoother flow. Omega-3 helps to reduce the level of tri-glycerides and LDL (low-density lipo-proteins), which choke up artery walls as deposits.
Dungeness crab, known for its flavor, flaky white meat, and attractive orange colored shell is a popular choice among those who are health conscious as it is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Dungeness crab health benefits include prevention of heart disease and inflammation due to arthritis, thanks to the omega 3 fatty acids in it. Crab cakes, made with meat of Dungeness crabs or blue crabs, are a favorite among seafood lovers in America. Baked, broiled, sautéed, pan fried, or deep fried, crab cakes, made from fresh crab meat and herbs, are served with a variety of sauces or salsa to enhance the crispy, buttery texture of the meat.
(Reference: Diet Health Club)
As for me, It’s always been my favorite since I was born and practically grew up in my “Lolo’s” fish pond where they used to culture crabs, shrimps and prawns. I would love to go back to my roots when I have the time and bring my kids along.