Nutrition and DietSquid: benefits and properties

Squid: benefits and properties

Squid benefits, and information on the different nutritional properties that squid provide, a healthy food rich in protein.

The squid is the name by which the youngest squid are popularly known. Like squids, they are cephalopods that belong to the decapod family.

Like most fish, they tend to live in schools, and their habitat tends to be close to the surface of the sea, being able to find them especially in the Atlantic and also in the Mediterranean.

Although they are usually fished especially during the summer months, we can consider them as a food that is not in season, since it is possible to find it practically all year round in the fishmongers, since its catches are carried out throughout the year.

Squid nutritional properties

From a nutritional point of view, squid (like squid) stands out at first for its very high content of good quality proteins, providing all the essential amino acids.

It is also a food really low in fat and calories: 100 grams of squid provide only 80 kilocalories and 1.60 grams of fat).

Its cholesterol content is somewhat lower than squid, although it is also advisable to consume it in moderation, for example one or two servings a week are good amounts to enjoy the different benefits of squid, but without, above all, posing a problem for our blood cholesterol levels.

Regarding its nutritional content, it stands out above all for its content in:

Minerals: among which we can find potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron and manganese.

Vitamins: vitamin A, B3 and B12.

In addition, it is a food with low mercury content, which we find in polluted oceans.

Calories 80 kcal
Protein 15.40 g
Carbohydrates 1.50 g
Total fat 1.60 g
Vitamins Minerals
Vitamin A 77.03 µg Iron 0.50 mg
Vitamin B1 0.07 mg Magnesium 28 mg
Vitamin B2 0.15 mg Manganese 0.02 mg
Vitamin B3 0.50 µg Zinc 1.10 mg
Vitamin B6 0.03 mg Match 190 mg
Vitamin B9 5.12 µg
Vitamin E 2.70 mg

Squid benefits

There is no doubt that squid is a really healthy food at the very least, since it provides very interesting amounts of good quality proteins (being ideal, for example, for athletes and for all those who wish to develop their muscles), they are low in fat and therefore in calories.  Hence, its consumption is recommended in people who follow slimming diets, although in this aspect we must take into account what form of cooking we use in its preparation, being the healthiest grilled, and avoiding frying or coating them.

Provides good amounts of iodine, ideal for metabolism and for the proper functioning of the thyroid.

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