Don’t you just love going to a restaurant to dig into a bowl of Manhattan clam chowder for a sip of some pick-me-up food? Aside from the mood boosting effects of the dish, you can also take advantage of the sea of nutrients offered by the clams, oysters, mussels, shrimps, scallops, fish fillet and crabs.
Shellfish, in particular, offers a wide array of nutrients. If you are on a no-red meat diet, shellfish is a good, low-fat alternative to get the daily protein fix that you need.
Clams and mussels are rich in vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and potassium. The vitamin B12 content of these two types of shellfish – as well as scallops, shrimps, and cuttlefish – provides good resistance from infection. Oysters are also rich in vitamin A which helps promote good eye sight and healthy blood cells.
Finally, shellfish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers your cholesterol level. There is virtually a sea of nutrients offered by these type of foods, so start cracking up those shells and dig into the nutritious goodness of shellfish.