100 Best Health Foods – Volume 12: 56-60

Do the foods that you eat stimulate optimal health & performance?

My goal is to help you achieve this state with the countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods.

Moving along with seafood – below are the next 5 of the healthiest foods available along with more information about their nutrition, benefits & interesting facts that can help bring about optimal health & fitness.

 scallops

  1. Scallops

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  88

Fat:  7

Carbohydrates:  2.36 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre:  0 g

Protein:  16.78 g

Potassium: 322 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Scallops are low in calories & high in nutrition.

 

  • They are rich in magnesium, which plays a variety of different roles in the maintenance of overall body health including energy production.

 

  • They are a great source of vitamin B12 which helps bone health & arterial health.

 

  • Studies show that regular intake of scallops may help to protect against colon cancer.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Scallops are actually animals – they are in the Phylum Mollusca group of animals which also includes sea slugs, octopi, squid, clams, mussels & oysters.

 

  • In 1280 Marco Polo recorded that scallops were sold in the market in Hangchow, China.

 

 

 

  1. Oysters

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  68

Fat: 22

Carbohydrates:  3.91 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre: 0 g

Protein: 7.05 g

Potassium:  156 mg

 

 

Benefits:

  •  Oysters are an excellent source of zinc which helps with fertility & virility.
  • They contain a variety of compounds & minerals which can help protect against cancers.
  • Oysters are high in iron which is a an important source of energy production, they increase resistance to infections & help to create healthy blood.
  • Oysters are a great source of  B vitamins.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Oysters breathe much like fish, using gills & a mantle.

 

  • There is no way of telling if an oyster is male or female by looking at its shell – in fact they may even change sex one or more times during their lifespan.

 

 

  1. Mussels

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  86

Fat: 20

Carbohydrates:   3.69 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre: 0 g

Protein:  11.9 g

Potassium:  320 mg

 

 

 

Benefits:

  • Mussels are a low-calorie, low-fat source of quality protein.

 

  • They are rich in omega-3 which is an essential fatty acid & helps to manage inflammation in the body.

 

  • They are rich in iron & selenium which help with energy production & detoxification.

 

  • Mussels are a good source of B vitamins which is great for hair, skin, nails & a variety of other bodily functions including brain function.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Mussels can live for up to 50 years.

 

  • Pearls are cultivated only in freshwater mussels.

 

  • You can tell the difference between wild & cultured mussels by looking for the dull bluish colour, white erosion marks & attached barnacles. Cultured mussels on the other hand, have shiny blue-black shells.

 

 

  1. Crab

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 101

Fat:  16

Carbohydrates:  0 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre: 0 g

Protein:  20.03 g

Potassium:  321 mg

 

 

 

Benefits:

  • Crabs provide an excellent source of low saturated fat protein.

 

  • Crab is a great source of healthy, essential omega-3 fats.

 

  • Crab is a great source for B vitamins which help with detoxification & proper signaling in the brain.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Like insects & spiders, a crabs shell actually acts as an external skeleton.

 

  • The largest crab in the world is the giant Japanese Spider Crab, which can measure up to 13 feet across.

 

 

  1. Crayfish

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  82

Fat:  1 g

Carbohydrates:  1.2 g

Sugars:  0.1 g

Fibre: 0 g

Protein:  17 g

 

Benefits:

  • Crayfish are low in both calories & saturated fat.

 

  • They provide an excellent source of vitamin E for health protection, great for the skin.

 

  • Crayfish are fairly low in sodium & cholesterol.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Someone who studies crayfish (& some other fish) is called a Hydrogeologist.

 

  • The most common type of crayfish are red, the next most common are blue & finally white crayfish are the most rare.

 

  • There are over 500 species of crayfish in the world.

 

 

Important Things to Remember…

 

There are plenty of healthy foods to choose from but the real trick to optimal health & performance is:

  • When is the optimal time to consume the food &
  • How much should you consume for optimal results.

Remember, when you eat too much of a healthy food or eat at the wrong times throughout the day you will tip your system out of balance carrying yourself away from your optimal state.

Watch for more articles about these points soon…

 

 

Finally, always remember to check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habits; & remember to eat fruit as a snack along with a balanced diet throughout the entire day.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.P.S. Keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods!  Check out previous volumes here:

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 1

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 2

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 3

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 4

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 5

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 6

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 7

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 8

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 9

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 10

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 11

 

 

 

 

Resources:

http://facts.randomhistory.com/crab-facts.html

http://facts.randomhistory.com/crab-facts.html

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/crab-cooked?portionid=50828&portionamount=100.000

http://www.wildcoast.co.za/facts-about-mussels

 

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/mussels-raw?portionid=50842&portionamount=100.000

 

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/crab-cooked?portionid=50828&portionamount=100.000

 

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/scallop-%28mixed-species%29?portionid=60863&portionamount=100.000

 

http://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/scallop-fun-facts/

 

http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/egg/egg0298/oyfacts.html#axzz3UxGN8m8v

 

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/oysters-raw?portionid=50845&portionamount=100.000

 

http://www.fatsecret.co.uk/calories-nutrition/lidl/crayfish/100g

 

http://www.johnston.k12.ia.us/schools/lawson/Gradelevellinks/Crayfish/funfact.html

 

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