Mussels, a type of mollusk, are a versatile seafood that can be enjoyed in many types of dishes year-round. In addition to the many well-known health benefits of seafood in a balanced diet, mollusks are a great source of protein and a perfect way to add some variety to your typical diet. Whether over pasta, rice, or even steamed or boiled on their own, there are many ways to satisfy a craving and deliciously enjoy the benefits of mussels at your local seafood restaurant. Here are three reasons why you should eat more mussels!
1. Essential Minerals
Trying to eat a balanced diet can be difficult. After all, there are so many essential vitamins and minerals to remember that you can wind up missing out on some important nutrients. But when you eat more mussels, you won’t have to worry about getting enough selenium in your diet. Mussels have a very high concentration of this mineral, which helps protein function. Getting enough selenium in your diet helps support muscle function and control thyroid hormone levels.
2. Great Source of Vitamin A
Like many types of seafood, mussels are a great source of vitamin A. This vitamin supports your eyesight, skin health, immune system, and even red blood cell production. Just one cup of mussels provides 10% of your recommended daily vitamin A intake. By adding more mussels to a balanced diet, you’re sure to support your skin, eye, and immune health.
3. Add Protein to Your Diet
Mussels are also a great source of protein. Just one cup provides 18 grams of protein. If you’re watching your nutrition, you know that that’s nearly a third of your recommended daily protein intake! It’s recommended that you eat 5 to 6.5 ounces of protein foods daily, and seafood is a great way to increase the high-protein, low-fat foods in your diet. Getting more protein can help support cell health and provides crucial amino acids that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Try eating more delicious mussels, as well as other seafood dishes, to increase your protein and eat a well-balanced diet.
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Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.
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