The Healthful Benefits of Mussels

Mussels have been cultivated for almost 800 years and have been used as a food source for more than 20,000 years. It is truly a time tested food. Mussels are one of the most natural, organic products available in today's market.

Mussels offer several health benefits. They are high in B12 vitamins and provide a readily absorbed source of many other B & C vitamins, amino acids, vital minerals including iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. They have more Omega 3 fatty acids than any other shellfish and far more than any other popular meat choice today. Mussels are much lower in Omega 6 fatty acids than any other popular meat choice.

As an extra-lean meat, mussels are also low in sodium, fat and cholesterol and high in protein. Fifteen (15) mussels provide the equivalent protein of a 6-oz. steak. The chart below compares some popular protein choices.

6 oz portion Cooked with no Fat or Skin
  Blue Mussel T-Bone Steak Chicken Turkey
Calories 292 300 402 312
Protein 40.4g 48g 48g 48g
Fat 8g 12g 24g 12g
Carbohydrates 12g 0 0 0
Cholesterol 96mg 102mg 150mg 144mg
Calcium 56.2mg 33.6mg 40.2mg 54mg
Magnesium 63mg 40.2mg 37.2mg 40.2mg
Phosphorous 484mg 373.2mg 277.2mg 342.6mg
Potassium 456 mg 606mg 398.4mg 487.2mg
Iron 11.4mg 3mg .24mg 4.2mg
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 1472mg 37.2mg 420mg 285.6mg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 61.2mg 290mg 4248mg 2940mg

*This is chart is based on information provided by:
NutritionData; Know What you Eat:
1 lb. of mussels, in the shell, yields 3.5 -6.0 oz. of cooked mussel meat.

...We use several mussel suppliers but anytime we get customer complaints, we switch that customer to the Canadian Cove brand and all our problems go away!" Specialty Seafood Distributor