CRAYFISH FATTENING? Absolutely NOT!
So often, a food’s reputation depends on whether it is considered fattening or not.
But don’t we usually find that what’s fattening about a food is actually what we add to
it at the table and not the food itself?
Some like to dip a crayfish tail in melted butter! Don’t blame the crayfish for that
additional saturated fat. Some use dips that contain both fats and sugars. To say nothing
of the breads served with slices of ham, cheese with butter and/or mayonnaise. Any
carbohydrate will add a fattening factor. To end a crayfish meal with ice cream or
cheese cake is tasty. But don’t blame the protein rich crayfish for all those carbohydrates.
How about some fruit at the end of a tasty crayfish meal?
CRAYFISH ARE NUTRITIOUS
Ever since my mother told me, I have believed it. Fish and shellfish are brain food.
As I grew older, I may have taken that truth with a grain of salt or two. But when I started
gathering nutritional facts about crayfish for this page, I found to my surprise that nutritionists
now are convinced that crayfish, and other shellfish like lobster, crab and shrimp, do indeed
have the nutrients that stimulate mental energy.
The more I studied the subject, the more I realized that crayfish have a super healthy combination
of nutrients from its almost pure form of protein to its healthy amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
which we now know are among the most beneficial fats we can eat. Crayfish protein has large amounts
of the amino acids tyrosine that mentally energizes the brain.
Come to think of it, maybe this is why I usually feel so revived after a meal of crayfish. These amino acids are supposed to make you think and react better and to be more attentive and motivated and mentally energetic. Could this be the reason why crayfish parties and crawfish festivals are so lively?
One nutritionist expressed it as “being on a mental roll” thanks to the dopamine and norepinephrine getting to work in the brain.
However, it appears, according to many physicians specializing in blood types in relation to foods, that people with type O blood thrive on shell fish while those of type B blood often are allergic to it. Just like my wife who cannot touch crustaceans.
In a serving of 3 - 4 ounces of crayfish, you can expect the following amounts of nutrients:
Total fat 1 g. Saturated fat 0 g. Cholesterol 126 mg.(compare one egg 200 mg.) Sodium 170 mg. Total Carbohydrate 0 g. Dietary fiber 0 g. Sugars 0 g. Protein 16 g. Calories 80 (compare to beef 242 calories)
In addition, there is a healthy supply of vitamin D and A as well as calcium and potassium, copper and zinc in crayfish. Iodine is also often mentioned as an important ingredient. As you can also see, crayfish is a very low carbohydrate food, and without ‘carbs’ you can safely eat crayfish without putting on unwanted weight.
Some people may not like crayfish because it is a ‘finger food’. Yes, eating crayfish
can be rather messy unless you eat them pre-peeled. But to many of us, who love crayfish,
getting together in friendly camaraderie for some ‘sucking of heads and squeezing of
tails' and some Swedish Akvavit is the highlight of dining experiences.
Some people may not like crayfish because it is a ‘finger food’. Yes, eating crayfish can be rather messy unless you eat them pre-peeled. But to many of us, who love crayfish, getting together in friendly camaraderie for some ‘sucking of heads and squeezing of tails' and some Swedish Akvavit is the highlight of dining experiences.
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