Five reasons you should eat more crabs

Some of the healthiest additions to your dinner plate right now would be seafood. They’re good for your heart, good for your skin, and can help to boost cognitive function. Most of these are all thanks to the fact that seafood is stuffed to the gills with Omega 3 fatty acids and a bunch of other vital nutrients.

But there’s one funny thing. When we talk of seafood, the first thing that comes to everyone’s minds is fish. Apparently, SEAFOOD = FISH. There is another seafood class member that we shouldn’t ignore; Shellfish, or more specifically, crabs. You should probably eat more of those money-hoarding, secret-ingredient-stashing but incredibly delicious crustaceans.

We will tell you why.

Why eat more crabs?

Well, there are a lot of reasons to pick up a mallet and tackle a good-sized crab leg, other than how tasty they are. These could include:

  • They’re high in Omega 3 fatty acids, too: While Omega 3 may not be as abundant in crabs as they are in fishes, crabs still pack more than enough of the stuff.

That is good because Omega 3 has a lot of benefits to the body, including protecting your heart by regulating your cholesterol level, boosting your mental ability, moisturizing your skin, and many other things.

  • They help in bone growth: Crabs have a high amount of calcium and phosphorus present in their meat. That helps your bones to grow and develop quickly.

People who have osteoporosis and other bone diseases are recommended to munch on some crabs.

  • They contain a lot of antioxidants: Your immune system needs antioxidants to work efficiently. Antioxidants also serve to prevent hemolytic anemia –where your blood cells break down due to excessive oxidizing free radicals–, and you definitely don’t want that.
  • They contain a lot of vitamins: Crabs have a lot of vitamins. The most notable among them being vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 helps in the development of red blood cells in your body. You don’t want to have too little of this vitamin, as it would cause a different type of anemia.

  • They contain less mercury: One problem with fish and some other seafood is that they have worrying levels of mercury, which is toxic. Crabs contain less mercury, and so you might want to cut back on the fish and try out some crabs instead.

Crabs are also a great source of protein, they help detoxify the body, and they have a lot of other benefits that we can’t put into this list. You should probably start making plans for your next meal of crab meat.


Crabs are delicious and great for your health. With their abundance of nutrients and Omega 3, you probably won’t miss your fish. And despite their looks, they’re effortless to cook too! Here’s a quick breakdown of how to boil crab legs. So, now you have the information and the recipe, what else are you waiting for? Go grab some crabs. They’re great!

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