Maine Lobster is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Lobster is nutritious, that is, if you go light on the butter! Better yet, use clarified butter. At less than 100 calories per serving ( 89% of calories from protein), Maine lobster is a great meal choice for any diet, any time of year! It contains less calories, cholesterol and saturated fat than lean beef, the light meat of chicken, pork and even shrimp. Please take a look at some surprising lobster nutrition facts.
Is Maine Lobster Healthy?
It is a common misconception that lobster meat has little nutritional value. Maine lobster meat is one of the healthiest proteins you can eat. A 100-gram (3.5 ounce) portion of lobster contains only 72 mg of cholesterol, 98 calories and 0.1 grams of saturated fat. Health Benefits of Lobster include:
Zinc: Fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Zinc makes protein.
Phosphorus: An abundant mineral. 85% of the body’s phosphorous is in the bones.
Vitamin B 12: A nutrient that keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. Helps prevent certain types of Anemia.
Vitamin E: A nutrient that acts as an antioxidant. Protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Magnesium: Required for energy production
Omega-3: Maine lobster also contains 0.1 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids per serving.
Is Lobster Fatty Food?
Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids often referred to as the “good fat,” primarily found in Maine lobster and other seafood. Research has shown that Omega-3’s help to protect long-term good health and provide a protective health benefit. According to the American Medical Association, an intake of 5.5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids per month was associated with a 50 percent reduction in the risk of cardiac arrest. Additional benefits of Omega-3s include:
- Reduced blood clotting, decreasing risk of heart attack
- Anti-inflammation of joints and relief against rheumatoid arthritis
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Protection against heart disease with a healthy diet
- Decreased levels of depression
Is Lobster High in Cholesterol?
Contrary to most beliefs, lobsters are loaded with HDL, commonly known as the ‘good’ cholesterol. Actually, shellfish such as lobster and king crab contain no more cholesterol – often less – than the skinless white meat of chicken and lean beef (around 60 mg per three ounce serving). Shellfish is one of the types of seafood that contains the lowest amount of fat – especially lobster, which contains less than a gram of fat in three ounces.
It’s Nearly All Edible!
Maine Lobster is made up of lean, rich meat. Virtually all of a lobster is edible except for the outer shell, a small portion of the head and a tiny vein running down the tail. It is very nutritious and its distinct flavor and aroma make it cherished the world over – not just in New England!