What Are the Health Benefits of Crab Legs?
Crab legs are delicious! But did you know they also come with loads of health benefits? Crab is known to be among the most healthy of animal proteins, especially compared to land animals. But even among seafood options, crab legs stand out when it comes to health benefits. Here are a few of the most important.
A valuable source of protein
Whatever your healthy diet, the importance of protein cannot be overstated. Our bodies use protein to build and heal muscles, bones, hair, skin, and blood. Not only do crab legs offer a rich source of protein, they do so with low levels of saturated fat, which can be problematic for anyone concerned with heart health. Better yet, crab has been shown to be a complete source of protein, meaning it singlehandedly contains all the vital amino acids our bodies crave.
High in omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3s have gained fame in the past decade for offering more health benefits than you can count on two hands. One of the best-known health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is their ability to prevent arteriosclerosis; in other words, making them a regular feature of your healthy diet can keep cholesterol from clogging and hardening your arteries. They’ve also been shown to improve cognitive health; reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes; preserve skin, hair, and eyesight; reduce chronic inflammation, and even ward against some types of cancer. In a way, being rich in this type of superfood makes crab a superfood!
We don’t often think about skeletal health when we eat, but we should, especially as we get older. Crab legs are high in phosphorous, a mineral that’s vital to healthy bones and teeth. In fact, phosphorus makes up about 25-percent of the minerals in our bodies, the second highest concentration after calcium. As with calcium, most of that phosphorous is found in our bones and teeth, so the high amounts of phosphorous in crab contributes to better bones and teeth, as do the smaller amounts of calcium and magnesium also found in crab legs.
Not a lot of people know about the health benefits of selenium, but it’s another one of those vital minerals the body craves. Little wonder, as selenium has been shown to improve cognitive function, bolster the immune system, and maintain better skin. Most importantly, it’s crucial for maintaining a healthy thyroid, and studies indicate its antioxidant properties contribute to a reduction in cancer risk. Remember these health benefits next time you reach for selenium-rich crab legs.
Most health benefits acquired through food are delivered through the bloodstream, so it stands to reason healthier blood leads to greater overall health. Eating crab can be incredibly healthy for your circulation, for a couple of reasons. One is a higher than usual concentration of copper. We usually think of iron as the most important metal in our blood, but copper is the thing that allows the cells of our body to absorb the iron we need. Crab also provides a number of valuable B vitamins, particularly B12. A single serving of crab legs usually provides your recommended daily allowance of B12, which strengthens blood cells and prevents anemia. Think what a couple of servings could do!
Crab legs at Yummy Buffet
Every day, our all you can eat buffet offers crab legs, and every day they prove one of our most in-demand dishes! We’d love to say that people love our crab legs for the health benefits they provide, but customers probably eat them for a much simpler reason: they are delicious! To learn more, give us a call at (619) 222-3388.