Lobster-Homarus americanus

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Lobster Quick Facts
Name: Lobster
Scientific Name: Homarus americanus
Origin It is found on Atlantic coast of North America from Labrador to New Jersey. It could be found in North Carolina (Cape Hatteras) andn Strait of Belle Isle.
Colors Bluish green to brown
Calories 129 Kcal./cup
Major nutrients Copper, Cu 2.248 mg (249.78%)
Selenium, Se 106 µg (192.73%)
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamine) 2.07 µg (86.25%)
Tryptophan 0.36 g (81.82%)
Isoleucine 1.206 g (72.13%)
Health benefits Healthy heart, Cognitive health, Provides energy, Repairment, Lowers inflammation
More facts about Lobster
Lobster is the lobster species that belongs to the family Nephropidae. It is usually found in Atlantic coast of North America from Labrador to New Jersey. They live on the ocean, land and fresh water. It is also called American lobster, Canadian lobster, Northern lobster, True lobster, Maine lobster, Canadian Reds, Blackshell, Buckle shell, Blueshell, Crack backer, Maine lobster, Hard shell lobster, Massach Maine lobster, Northern lobster, New shell, Old shell lobster, Shedder, Northern Atlantic lobster and Softshell. This type of lobsters is bluish green to brown in color having red spines.

History

It is found on Atlantic coast of North America from Labrador to New Jersey. It could be found in North Carolina (Cape Hatteras) and Strait of Belle Isle. It is richly available in Gulf of Maine of US and Canada.

Description

American lobster measures up to 8-24 inches (200-610 mm) and weighs upto 1-9 pounds (0.45-4.08 kg). It is found in sandy, muddy and rocky bottoms. They live upto 70 years. They have three pairs of antennas which functions as sensory organs.  The eyes of American lobster are sensitive to light and do not see clearly. Their diet is prey, crustaceans, cnidarians and brittle stars.

Nutritional value

In 145 grams of lobster, we could find 113.26 g of moisture, 129 calories, 27.55 g of protein, 1.25 g of total fat and 3.1 g of ash. It grants the minerals such as calcium (139 mg), iron (0.42 mg), magnesium (62 mg), phosphorus (268 mg), potassium (334 mg), sodium (705 mg), zinc (5.87 mg), copper(2.248 mg), manganese (0.094 mg) and selenium (106 µg).

Health benefits of Lobster

Lobster is delicious that helps to build strong bones, promotes growth, boost brain, lower inflammation, speeds up healing process, prevents heart health and lowers inflammation. The flesh is loaded with various nutrients and minerals but should be consumed in moderate amounts.

  1. Healthy heart

Lobster possess adequate amount of sodium that helps to prevent atherosclerosis and inflammation. But the people with heart ailments should avoid it due to the presence of omega-6 and 3s. It helps to balance cholesterol if consumed moderately. (1)

  1. Cognitive health

Lobsters have high amounts of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B which is associated to maintain the integrity of nerves. Additionally, it is a great source of choline which raises the formation of neurotransmitters. It also raises the functions of brain. (2)

  1. Provides energy

It has high amount of protein in the delicious meat. If it is added to diet, it helps to boost energy. (3)

  1. Repairment

Lobster is a great source of protein which makes the building block in bodies. It repairs the damaged tissues, build new cells and strengthen bones. (4)

  1. Lowers inflammation

It contains good fat that helps to lower inflammation of the body. The fatty acids such as Omega-3 help to maintain the balance in cholesterol and increase the prostaglandins production. It is vital for cardiovascular conditions, arthritic and circulatory health. (5)

  1. Bone health

Lobster is great source of phosphorus and calcium which helps to increase the mineral density of bones and prevents osteoporosis as well as age related issues. (6)

How to Eat         

  • It is consumed by adding it in soups.
  • It is boiled or steamed.
  • It is added to pasta, eggs and mashed potatoes.
  • The minced lobster is used as salad tops.
  • It could be made into burgers or lobster patties.

Precautions

The patients of cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure should not use lobster.

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-lobster.html

Other Facts        

  • The heaviest American lobster was caught in Nova Scotia, Canada, which weighs about 44.4 lb. (20.1 kg).
  • They smell with the use of their feet.
  • Stomach is divided into two: cardiac stomach and pyloric stomach.
  • The blood of lobster is colorless and turns bluish when it contacts with oxygen.
  • Lobster does not have brains.

References:

https://slgo.ca/en/lobster/context/characteristics.html  

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303332.php

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