Growing up outside of Boston, I have always loved lobster! This season I have been to two weddings in Maine which both served lobster for the rehearsal dinner. So Lobster has been on my mind.
Lobster has been many different things for americans. In the 18th and 19th century it was food for servants and prisoners. Throughout new England many states still have a law that says you cannot serve lobster to prisoners more than twice a week. It wasn’t until the 20th century when a chef in New York City tried lobster and brought it to his restaurant that it became a delicacy. Now lobster is a crazy delicacy and can cost 40+$ on a menu. Every flight from Boston to LA is loaded with Maine lobster. We will do anything to get our Maine Lobster all over the US.
What I never considered was the health benefits of lobster. When given a reason to eat more lobster I will take it! So here is what I found:
- Lobster is low in fat content and high in protein. A great source of protein for athletes.
- Lobsters are low in cholesterol, and help in maintaining triglyceride levels.
- Lobsters are a good source of omega 3-fatty acids that help the heart and brain stay healthy!
- Zinc is found in lobsters and helps to boost the immune system and heal body tissue
- Phosphorous is found in abundance in lobster and helps teeth, bones and boosts the metabolism.
- Lobsters are a great source of vitamin B12
- Lobster also has a trace of selenium which is good for the thyroid gland
Obviously it is much healthier when eaten without loads of butter or dairy so try it with spices.