Consumers continually face a dilemma of including food in their diets that is both nutritious and good tasting. The meat from a hard-shell lobster is low in fat and carbohydrates while high in protein. In fact, it has less saturated fat, calories and cholesterol than many of our lean favourites such as pork, extra lean beef, and white chicken meat. At less than 100 calories per serving (89% of calories from protein), Canadian Lobster is a great meal choice for any diet.
These foods were selected on the basis that they represent the leanest alternatives that would be sought after by health-conscious individuals. The table below highlights that Canadian Lobster still represents one of the most beneficial sources of protein. A single serving of Canadian Lobster affords the lowest number of calories per serving; the highest proportion of protein, yet is the lowest in fat content (five calories from fat). More important is the fact that lobster meat contains only 0.1 g of saturated fats, 1/10 that of turkey (light meat), which was the next closest food. The level of cholesterol for Canadian Lobster was among the lowest in the table and only slightly higher than salmon and turkey.
As well, the lobster meat contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which according to the American Heart Association, reduce the risk of heart attack. Because Canadian Lobster derives almost all of its calories from protein, it offers considerable flexibility in satisfying dietary needs. For those wishing to lower their fat or carbohydrate intake, lobster offers one of the best choices for protein consumption. In addition, Canadian Lobster can be used in a variety of dishes to provide a more balanced caloric intake.
Part of the nutritional benefit of the Canadian Lobster is attributed to how they are harvested. In Canada the lobster fishing season is staggered around the summer moulting period, thereby insuring that the majority of harvested lobsters are hard-shelled. The process of moulting enables the lobster to grow by shedding its old shell. Lobsters in this stage (soft-shelled), will absorb considerable amounts of water, which impact both its taste and its nutritional content. A hard-shelled Canadian Lobster will be fully-meated while offering maximum taste and nutritional value.
In addition to being a healthy source of protein, Canadian Lobster is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is high in vitamin B12, an excellent source of copper and selenium and a good source of phosphorus. Considering our lobster is low in fat, virtually free of saturated fat and only has 1 g of carbohydrate per serving it is plain to see that Canadian Lobster is a great choice for any healthy diet.