Eat some lobster! The surprising nutritional benefits of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster

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On Ambergris Caye, the month of June is all about the Caribbean Spiny Lobster. After four long months of foregoing the tasty and indulgent lobster, the season officially opens in the second week of June. We will be celebrating along with the rest of the island, during the annual San Pedro Lobster Fest where lobster in all of its delicious preparations will be available for tasting. This week have rounded up some of the nutritional benefits of the Spiny Lobster.

The Caribbean Spiny Lobster, sometimes called Rock Lobster, is the most common of the warm-water lobsters. The Spiny Lobster differs in its nutritional value from the Maine Lobster, which is found in cold waters and has large claws.

The Spiny Lobster is high in protein and low in fat, making it a more nutritional choice over chicken, beef and pork. It is very rich in Omega 3 fatty acids while having no saturated or trans fats, making it a heart-healthy option. Spiny lobster has high levels of the trace mineral selenium, which is an important antioxidant and helps to reduce free radicals in the body. Other vitamins and minerals present are Vitamins A and B, potassium, zinc, iron and magnesium.

The next time that you dig into a Spiny Lobster, feel good in the fact that you are benefitting from not only the delicious taste, but the many nutrients available as well. What’s your favorite lobster dish?