Stealth Health Food: Clams

Filed under: General Health, Nutrition

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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Posted on September 26th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre

1 Comment

  1. Rees Says:

    Not all of us live where you do man……that’d be nice though.

    But that is very interesting, I’ve not looked into this either. Good stuff.

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