After enjoying a delicious cup of clam chowder today while eating lunch with some friends and watching the Patriots lose, I realized I knew little to nothing about the nutrition facts and nutrient density if clams!
So I decided to do a little research, and much to my surprise clams are a virtual superfood!
Now to be honest I don’t much believe in the notion of “superfoods,” however clams do pack a ton of nutrition into a small package.
How much nutrition you ask? Let’s find out.
In 3oz of cooked clams you are provided with:
- 125 calories
- 2g of fat
- 337mg of omega-3 fatty acids
- 4g of carbohydrates
- 22g of protein
- 10% DV of vitamin A
- 31% DV of vitamin C
- 21% DV of riboflavin
- 14% DV of niacin
- 1401% DV of vitamin B12
- 132% DV of iron
- 29% DV of phosphorus
- 15% DV of potassium
- 15% DV of zinc
- 29% DV of copper
- 43% DV of manganese
- 78% DV of selenium
That is a nutrition powerhouse right there! Clams are the best source of vitamin B12 and iron in the entire world! Yes, you read that right. Entire. World.
They are also a deliciously lean source of protein, and are clearly rich in a ton of other vitamins and minerals. They are pretty much the multivitamin of the ocean, so feel free to enjoy a delicious cup of clam chowder before the summer is over!
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