Health Benefits

There is a substantial body of research which validates the health benefits of shellfish. For example, in a study by the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, the findings showed that shellfish were among the best possible dietary source of protein, containing as much protein per 100g as meat.

Contrary to the old wife’s tale, eating shellfish does not raise blood cholesterol levels!

Shellfish are also low in fat and calories. 100g of cockles contains only 53kcal, and only 0.2g saturated fat. Most shellfish are less than five per cent fat with many varieties having less than one per cent fat.

The report also shows that shellfish are a good source of trace minerals such copper, iodine and zinc. Cockles, oysters and mussels also contain iron and crab, octopus, squid, lobster, shrimps and mussels also contain selenium. Most shellfish also have 10 per cent of the daily recommended daily amount of potassium in every 100g.

Finally, the report shows that cockles contain over 23 times the amount of vitamin B12 compared to beef, a vitamin that cannot be produced by the body, but is important in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.