Health Benefits and Nutrition

APPROXIMATE NUTRITIONAL VALUES
SERVING SIZE: 3.5 oz (100 grams) RAW CLAM MEAT
Calories60
Fat 1g
Cholesterol 40mg
Phosphorous 107mg
Zinc 2.3mg
Protein 9.2g
Omega-3 .24g
Calcium 49mg
Iron 2.8mg
Sodium 56mg
Potassium 314mg

All clams are high in protein and low in fat when eaten fresh and raw. Fish and shellfish products have impressive dietary credentials. They are naturally low in saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium, and calories; high in protein, vitamins and minerals; and easily digestible so all those nutrients can be quickly used by the body.

Including more fish and shellfish in the diet is just smart eating. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend a minimum of two fish meals per week. Similar recommendations have been made by the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the National Academy of Science.

Fatty fish contain potent omega-3 fatty acids that reduce some of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease including heart attack. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in preventing irregular heartbeat, reducing plaque build-up on the walls of the arteries, decreasing blood clotting, reducing blood fat, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation.

Research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in reducing the risk of diabetes, enhancing bone density, aiding in neonatal development, improving the appearance of the skin, reducing depression, aiding nerve function, delaying the onset and reducing the severity of Alzheimer's disease, and reducing inflammation that is found in rheumatoid arthitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

Why should you eat more fish and shellfish?

  • Fish and shellfish are quick, versatile and easy to prepare.
  • Eating fish and shellfish on a regular basis can help you and your family enjoy long, healthy, happy lives.
  • Discovering the gourmet appeal of fish and shellfish can help relieve mealtime bordeom.
  • Aquaculture makes fish and shellfish more affordable.
  • Fresh frozen fish and shellfish can be kept handy in the freezer for those nights when there's no time to shop.