7. Eat Crab for Protein and Fatty Acids
Atlantic crab is among one of the best types of shellfish you can eat. Even though it’s most affordable when you can get it fresh during crab season, the benefits of this yummy seafood make it a great choice all year round. The nutrition of crab varies, but on average a 3-ounce serving has only 80-100 calories and most of these come from healthy fats and protein. It has around 16-20 grams of protein and contains around 350-400 milligrams of the fatty acids DHA and EPA. Like with salmon, this comes with benefits for the heart and brain. It also targets inflammation through the body, which may help with inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
One of the reasons many people don’t enjoy Atlantic crab is because of the cost. Using crab in recipes makes it much more affordable and filling. Add crab to pasta dishes or make a quesadilla, crab cake, or bisque. Cooked crab can also be added to the top of a salad or added with other seafood to make a seafood salad. At times when fresh crab is unavailable, you can also add canned crab to your diet. Canned crab is generally made from the fleshy part of blue crabs, so it isn’t as low in mercury as Atlantic crabs but it is still a good option to add to your diet once or twice a week.