Surprising Health Benefits of SquidRabu, 08 Juli 2020 - 03:07 | 11.80k
TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Squid or calamari has become the favorite dish of seafood lovers. Its tender meat and its fine flavor can really make you drool. In fact, calamari has surprising health benefits. Quoted from Hello Sehat, here are several health benefits of calamari.
Calamari lowers cholesterol level
Raw calamari is very low in fat and calories. A hundred grams of calamari only contains 1.2 gram of total fat, 0.5 of the total fat is saturated fat. The unsaturated fat in calamari can lower the high cholesterol level by increasing the level of HDL cholesterol. Besides, it also maintain the cardiovascular health (heart and blood vessels).
In addition, unsaturated fat is a good source of energy. It also helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, D, E, and K.
Calamari can gain muscle mass
Calamari is a good protein source. Every 100 grams of squid contains 16 grams, equal to the 30% of the daily intake of an adult male. This protein is essential to gain muscle mass and control the appetite. The body will slowly process the protein that will make you feel full longer.
Calamari is a good vitamin source
Calamari can be a good source of essential vitamins and minerals. A hundred grams of calamari contains around 10 mcg of vitamin A, 56 mcg of vitamin B6, 1.3 mcg of vitamin B12, 4.7 mg of vitamin C, and 1.2 mg of vitamin E. It also offers minerals, such as 32 mg of calcium, 680 mcg of zinc, 33 mg of magnesium, and 44 mg of sodium. Those vitamins and minerals mentioned are very essential in body growth.
Calamari is low in mercury
Industry is still struggling to overcome fear of mercury contamination in seafood. Mercury is toxic to the nervous system. According to the report issued by United States Environmental Protection Agency, the mercury level found in squid is relatively low and safe to consume.
However, although calamari is beneficial for health, you have to limit eating this seafood. In fact, consuming too much calamari can affect your cholesterol level. (*)
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