The nutrition of crab

BY: The Mirror

Crab is a popular and versatile type of seafood. It is also very healthy and a good addition to a balanced diet, as it contains many nutrients coupled with a low fat content.


Here are some reasons you should eat some crab.

• Great source of protein

Crab is one of the best possible dietary sources of protein available. The protein in crab is of high quality and, because of a lack of connective tissue, very digestible for people of all ages.

• Aids in brain development

Rich in vitamins and minerals, crab meat is also low in fat and contains Omega-3 polyunsaturated acids.

These help provide protection from heart disease and aid brain development. Some research suggests that Omega-3 also inhibits aggressive behaviour.

• Prevents tissue damage

All shellfish are a good source of Selenium but crab meat is particularly rich in it. Selenium plays a key role in the human’s antioxidant defence system, preventing damage to cells and tissues.

Selenium also plays an important role in the function of the immune system.

• Good for diabetics

Along with all other shellfish, crabs are rich in chromium, which helps insulin to metabolise sugar, and thereby lowers the blood glucose levels in the body.

• Puts acne in check

Crabs may help heal and prevent acne breakouts. They provide a very good supply of zinc which helps control the production of oil in the skin. Zinc also supports healthy cell growth and helps in the healing of other skin problems such as psoriasis, dandruff, diaper rash and eczema.