Mussel Facts

Mussel facts asks why shellfish get a lot of bad-press and just what is the truth about them?

Of course if you are allergic, that is another matter; what about a trip to the Netherlands to experience them for yourself?

If you want to have the inexpensive holiday of your lifetime, then fly to Schiphol airport, near Amsterdam, and take the train to Zeeland in the South-West. It costs about 30 dollars and the duration is a little over two hours.

Ahead of time join an organisation called "Vrienden op de Fiets" on-line. It costs about ten dollars per year. Look for a Bed and Breakfast in Middelburg and book in for two nights; it costs around 21 euros, including a huge meal.

Ask your hosts if they could either lend you, or buy two old granny-bikes. You do not need gears in Holland. You can expect to pay about 20 to 50 euros each. Most folk have a couple stored away in a shed, unused for ten years. Tell them you will pay for a service, and they can have them back when you are done.

Once you are there, they will help you plan a little tour of Zeeland; a week to ten days would be nice. Make sure you get to see the mussel-banks.

Mussels in Zeeland.

Find a little restaurant around the corner where you can enjoy a huge-pot of mussel facts.

For cockles and mussels, you will have to cross the Irish Sea though.

The light in Holland is often given the credit for their great-masters. Can you see the saltwater mussels being farmed?

Protein in saltwater mussels

Seafood in general, including mussels is an excellent source of protein; around 10pc of each portion.

Each mussel has about 2g of protein; you could easily eat a dozen at a sitting. Depending on who you believe, that is about a half of your RDA; required daily-allowance. New research suggests that a little extra will help prevent you in your dotage from losing your marbles.

Carbohydrate in sea mussels

Fish generally has little or no carbohydrate, but your mussels do have a moderate amount; about 7 percent complex-starch. It is good food.

With all the protein and excellent omega-3 fat in sea-mussels it means that shell fish have a very low glycemic index; even if you are following one of the ketogenic diets, this would be considered an excellent carbohydrate.

Incidentally treat all diets as you would a dirty four-letter word. Strong weight loss research confirms what we really do know; none of them work because they are not sustainable. Could you really give up the staff of life for ever? Fortunately you don't need to if you know about sourdough bread.

There's about 1g of carb per mussel, so a meal might contain twelve grams. On a cycling holiday 150g would not be excessive, unless you are obese and wanting to get it off; then you want to be under a third of that per day.

Steamed mussels recipes are cooked with leeks, carrots and perhaps a shot of white wine. It makes for a very nutritious meal, if you avoid the temptation to have a side plate of french fries; they have an extremely high GI. Read, they will elicit an immediate response from the fat-storage hormone called insulin.  

If the paleo and banting diets have you all confused look up our meaning of starch page; you are certainly not alone.

Frankly I do not believe in any diets; not one of them work, the research shows. They are just money-spinning gimmicks that make you miserable. The only sane way to lose weight, and better still not put it on in the first place, is to fully grasp the meaning of the term glycemic index. There is oodles on the subject at this site.

But anyway mussels despite their high good-fat content, certainly will not make you obese.

Fat in saltwater mussels

You are in for a surprise; your mussels contain less than half the fat of beef trimmed of all visible lard; 5 versus 11 percent.

What is more, the saturated fat, your cholesterol, is less than one percent.

So why all the bad press that, if you have high cholesterol, you should avoid shellfish? It is bunkum; just eat less corn-fed beef, and especially the refined starches.

The fat in saltwater-mussels is fairly equally divided between saturated, polys and MUFAs.

One average a mussel has about 5mg of cholesterol; they also have quite a lot of omega-3 fatty acids.

One of the beauties of a meal of mussel facts is that, because of its high fat and protein content, it is very satisfying; you will feel satiated rather than famished and certainly will not need that white roll or plate of french-fries to fill the gaps. A slice of artisan bread would be lovely to mop up the juices; it has a much lower GI but do keep it one only.

For most of us, it is the refined-carbohydrate, not the fat, that makes us obese.

In any case by the time you have made that tour of Zeeland, you will have burned the calories it off. Twenty to thirty kilometres per day is very easy. Enjoy some of the smoked-eels too; they are absolutely scrumptious.


"A good oyster cannot please the palate as acutely as a bad one can revolt it.

And a good-oyster cannot make him who eats it live for ever though a bad one can make him very dead."

Rebecca West


Omega-3

Mussel facts indicate that they are reasonably high in omega-3, though not as good as salmon and mackerel. But still an excellent source of these essential fatty acids that are now known to be intimately involved in Alzheimer's, premature aging of the hyaline cartilage in your joints (arthritis) and nerve conduction; and the serious degenerative illnesses like Lou Gehrig's disease. It is also known as Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis.

Mussel Facts

Mussel facts are interesting but what the heck, they are delicious and, hey, can be cooked in a jiffy.

Antioxidants = Anti-Neoplasms

Where your mussel facts really come into their own is how rich they are in zinc, magnesium, and selenium; and folate and vitamin C too. These are the anti-tumour substances.

When did you last enjoy RECIPES FOR MUSSELS?

Vitamin B12

A vitamin B12 deficiency causes a terminal illness called Pernicious Anemia. For more about these very nasty nerve diseases see the link below; it is a fairly high-brow page, I'm afraid. When it gets to neurology the going gets more difficult.

Just look at the table below to see how rich your mussels are in vitamin B12.

Calories in mussels

According to the USDA, one mussel has about 15 cals of energy. It is not difficult to eat a dozen at a sitting. So, that adds up to about 200.

Unlike other shellfish, quite a lot of it comes from the carbohydrate.

Our recommendations are as follows.

Recipes for mussels on rice.

If you want to avoid the nasty, serious illnesses like Motor Neuron disease, and probably its first cousin Multiple Sclerosis, though that remains unproved as of now, then start enjoying fatty-seafood at least 2 to 3 times a week; more salmon, mackerel or herring; and, of course, our mussel facts. What could be more delicious?

Remember it's refined carbs not the good fats in food like mussels that make us obese; it's that white-roll on the side that will please for a moment on the lips and be one helluva job to get off the hips. Artisan bread is another story.


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There is now solid research, published in Neurology, February 2011, that sunshine and vitamin D are also necessary to prevent MS. The best source, again, is your fatty fish such a herring, mackerel and salmon; your steamed-mussels recipe have some, but it is not adequate. For the sunshine, all you need is a good pair of shoes and a decent hat. Mind you, I get plenty growing my veggies; but what about you?

Mussel recipes with vegetables.

Now just add the mussels, and turn the heat up; in five minutes you can enjoy this exquisite steamed-shellfish recipe, just bursting with good nutrition.

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