November 12, 2018

Health Benefits of Lobster

why lobster is healthy for you

Ah, lobster. One of my favorite foods – if only it weren’t so expensive! On the occasions that I do indulge for this meal, I absolutely love it. Especially when dipped in some hot, melted butter – mmm! While adding the butter isn’t the most healthful choice, the meat itself has a lot of health properties that make it a great way to add variety to your protein intake.

Is Lobster a Healthy Food?

Lobster can be a great addition to your diet. Listed below are many of the nutritional benefits in this tasty shellfish.

Low Fat, High Protein

Lobster is an excellent source of lean protein (similar to what I describe here) that can be a great alternative to red meat and poultry. A typical 6 ounce serving of lobster will provide you with nearly 30 grams of protein while only carrying a little over 1 gram of fat. What’s more, the amino acids in this particular protein do more than just help build muscle. These amino acids support healthy tissue, nourishing your bones and cartilage to maintain a strong skeleton as well as blood health.

Rich in Nutrients

Eating a lobster tail is almost like taking a multivitamin in a way. This protein contains many essential vitamins and minerals that you need in your daily diet, including:

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Vitamins A and B1
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorus

Low in Saturated Fat

Not only is lobster low in fat in general, but the ratio of fat content in this meat is also heavily skewed to unsaturated fat (the better kind for your body). A 6-ounce serving contains only 0.3 grams of saturated fat. This makes this seafood a wonderful choice of protein as it helps to keep fat from being deposited in blood vessels, which is often a risk when eating high-fat content foods.

are lobster healthy for you?

Cell Growth

This is touched on earlier with how lobster helps your skeletal structure, but lobster plays a role in cellular health and repair in general. This is one of the top benefits of this food. Our cells are constantly going through a state of wear and tear. This creates a need for cellular repair and even replication. Having more lobster in your diet can help with these processes.

Enhanced Mental Function

Lobsters contain minerals that affect our nervous system. Through this, our neurotransmitters in our bodies become more active and efficient, better at sending signals within the brain as well as from within our brain to the rest of the body. With these neurotransmitters firing on all cylinders, lobster can help improve cognition, memory, and mental clarity.

Thyroid Treatment

Thyroid disease is brought upon by a lack of selenium in our bodies. As listed above, lobster is rich in this mineral, making it a great way to combat this aggravating disease.

Good for Weight Loss

Lobster is a perfect food to add to your diet if you are looking to lose weight. As it is high in protein, but low in fat and calories (relatively), it is a great food to make you feel full for a longer period of time without going overboard on food intake.

Of course, this is all wrecked if you drown your lobster tail in butter, so make wise choices in the preparation and eating of lobster if you want to get the most out of this benefit.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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