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Meaning squid in Italian, calamari is a deep-fried dish that originated from the Mediterranean region. During the mid-1970s the appetizer grew in popularity and spread to the United States.
Preparation of calamari begins by cleaning the squid. The flesh is then battered, deep-fried, and seasoned with parsley and lemon, creating a crispy delicious morsel. In addition to being tasty, calamari delivers important health benefits.
1) High Protein Content
The squid meat contained in an average calamari appetizer provides about 13 grams of protein. Each bite will help your body build muscle and sustain energy.
2) Helps Prevent Cancer
Plentiful in squid, antioxidants give our body a boost by combating the free radicals found in the air we breathe. Antioxidants raise the efficiency of the cells that prevent cancer. In addition, antioxidants help increase the white blood cells, called neutrophils, that can be decreased during chemotherapy.
3) Filled With Vitamins & Minerals
Squid is filled with numerous vitamins and minerals such as B-12, copper, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. Essential nutrients like these increase the performance and health of our immune system, bones, and blood cells.
4) Combats Anemia
A crucial mineral found in squid, copper can help prevent and fight anemia, which is a serious disease caused by insufficient blood cells.
5) Health Benefits
A 3-ounce serving is very low in fat, containing just one gram of total fat and 1/3 of a gram of saturated fat, which clogs arteries. The same serving is filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, research on Omega-3 has revealed that it can help our brain health.
Seeking Super Seafood?
Lovers of super seafood, including fat, juicy crab, don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy wonderful deliciousness all year around at the two locations below!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.