SEAFOOD/CRUSTACEA Diet Plan
Seafood includes an incredible range of produce with a wide variety of benefits. Clams, crab, crayfish, eel, kelp, lobster, oysters, prawns, scallops, shrimps, snails and spirulina are the main groups. Crustacea covers crabs, crayfish and lobster.
Clams are an excellent source of the mineral iron with 13.8mg per 100g; meat supplies only 1.9mg, pepitas supply 11.3mg. Clams also provide the other essential blood building minerals of manganese and copper. If you feel weary and get sick often, iron may be lacking in your diet. Clams have a low-fat content with only 73 calories per 100g. Crab meat is a good source of the mineral zinc with 6.4mg per 100g, a low-fat content and, compared to other crustacea, the cholesterol content is low and the protein content of 18% is complete with all essential amino acids. Crab meat is also low in calories with 83 calories per 100g and no carbohydrate content, and so it is advised to have plenty of salads or rice with the ‘crab feast’. Crayfish/lobster are full of selenium for antioxidant benefits and to promote vitamin E effectiveness. But cholesterol is abundant in crayfish/lobster; so even if you can afford to eat them financially, can you afford the added cholesterol problems?
Eel has a similar fat content to mackerel and sardines with 12% fat; over 60% is in the form of monounsaturated. The cholesterol content is fairly high but fortunately the monunsaturated fats reduce blood cholesterol. In some countries, the eel is a delicacy but for some people they are too fatty. A farmer once commented about a certain person that they were ‘slippery as a bag of eels’!
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Kelp is generally obtained from the botanical species Macrocystis pyrifera or Fucus vesiculosus. It is termed the ‘first crop’ in ancient Roman, Greek and Chinese history. Kelp is the richest source of natural iodine and for people living inland or whose ancestors lived by the sea and are now inland, iodine deficiencies are likely unless regular seafood is obtained. Kelp is known to contain nearly all trace elements plus the main minerals and many vitamins. A kelp salt shaker is the best way to obtain the trace nutrients regularly or try kelp crackers and balance your body. That is actually the most formidable function of kelp: it restores a natural balance to the glands and entire body. Don’t be weary, give ‘kelp the chance to help’! The ocean is full of minerals washed from the earth which form sediment on the ocean floor where kelp grows. Kelp is food for the future; it may become the ‘new penicillin’!
Oysters are the richest food source of zinc. If you need to boost your reproductive life, zinc is essential plus it promotes healing of numerous disorders. The RDI of zinc is 12-15mg; one medium oyster supplies approx.13mg. Normal intake of zinc per day is 12-15mg for adults. Zinc promotes the functions of the immune system, but excess amounts of zinc depress the immune system One dozen oysters is definitely excessive at 152mg of zinc. Share half a dozen (or 38mg of zinc) next time you dine and share the fun and benefits once a fortnight or every anniversary!
Prawns are an overconsumed seafood. They may get thrown on every barbecue but they are also the seafood richest in cholesterol. They are a good source of protein but the risk of high blood cholesterol needs to be noted especially if you eat a few sausages the same day or eggs, chocolate, ham, or especially kidneys nd liver.
Scallops are a safe seafood in regards to nutrients and cholesterol but, as with all seafood, the risk of toxins from polluted waters can be concerning. The same applies to land produce: chemicals grouped as dioxins are more prevalent in meat (81pg), dairy (24pg) and fish (7.8pg). Dioxins accumulate in fat tissues of animals (including humans), posing a cancer hazard and reproductive problems. Keep our oceans clean!
Spirulina is a supplement. It is full of organic iron and it may boost the blood and immune system. Take in moderation under supervision from a naturopath.