Shellfish nutritional properties
Benefits of eating shellfish
CHARACTERISTICS OF SHELLFISH
What is shellfish?
Shellfish is a food that comes from marine invertebrate animals. They have their body protected by an external skeleton.
Sometimes experts include seafood within the food group of fish, because they are of marine origin, although nutritionally they are very different and it is preferable to study them separately.
Photo of shellfish
Types of shellfish
There are the following types of marine animals that can be included in the shellfish group:
Crustaceans: Shrimps, crayfish, lobsters, prawns, barnacles, spider crab, , crabs, etc.
Molluscs: Cockles, snails, oysters, scallops, cuttlefish, shrimp, mussels, clams, mussels, etc;
Echinoderms: Sea urchins.
- Cephalopods, such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish are, nutritionally speaking, also shellfish, although their body is not protected by an external skeleton such as the previous ones
Why is it important to eat shellfish?
Photo of mussels, a type of shellfish.
Shellfish fats and minerals
Vitamins of shellfish
Shellfish contains vitamin B12. Plant-based foods do not contain this vitamin, so people who are strictly vegetarian should take supplements to get it. The lack of this vitamin produces a major disease called anemia.
Shellfish, a food very rich in phosphorus
Shellfish is one of the foods richest in phosphorus that exist. It also contains choline and taurine, all of them essential components for the nervous system.
Summary of the properties of shellfish.
Which shellfish are the most appropriate?
You can make a varied diet that alternates different types of seafood.
How much shellfish should we eat daily?
It is recommended to eat 3 to 5 servings per week of shellfish and fish.
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