What about Mussels ? From pristine patagonian waters.
What about Mussels?
Mussel is a very convenient protein that we would add to our family menu for many reasons, one of them is that is the cost versus benefits. I can say that mussels have one of the best ratios of cost v/s benefits.
Within the shellfish family we find bivalve mollusks that, as the name says, are animals that have two shells or shells, such as mussels, clams, oysters or cockles. They are a food that many times we overlook it although they can be a great contribution to our diet.
How the mussel is farm raised in Chile ?
How is the best way to prepare it?
If you are going to buy them for cooking, make sure they are fresh. They usually come with the shell closed and have a heavier weight, because they enclose a large amount of water, or you can even appreciate how they move slightly and open and close their shells. But it is not the only way to eat them. It is also common to find them in the form of pâtés, such as the one prepared with mussels, which is a great alternative to traditional pâté, generally very fatty and prepared with very low-quality pieces of meat.
They can help to our health of many ways.
Among the properties of bivalves we find that they are very rich in different nutrients that are very interesting for our diet. To begin with, they are one of the foods that provide us with iron, not everything comes down to red meat. But it is that they also include omega 3 fatty acids, similar to those that are present in some fish, although in less quantity, in addition to other very interesting minerals such as phosphorus or iodine.
And they also provide us with a large amount of protein of high biological value. But what does this mean? That is comparable to the protein provided by other options such as meat, fish, eggs or legumes. What we would have to take into account is that to get together a portion we would need a lot of bivalves, due to their small size, so the ideal would be to combine them in your family menu. Example, preparing a fish with rice and mussels, or a dish that includes legumes and these mollusks, such as the classic recipe for beans with clams.
Can they be eaten if we have hypertension?
Coming from the sea, they have a considerable amount of sodium. But it should never be the first food to cut on a diet low in this mineral. It is better to prioritize and reduce the consumption of processed foods, salty snacks, cheeses or cold meats. Bivalves are not related to weight gain, so it is not a food that nutritionists should warn about even when suffering from hypertension.