Clams a type of freshwater or marine dwelling mollusk and are high in many vitamins and minerals including selenium, manganese, vitamin C, B 12, copper, phosphorus, and riboflavin. They have an Amino Acid Score of 106, indicating that it is a complete/high-quality protein, essential for building and repairing muscles and tissue.
They have a rich, slightly sweet, oceanic flavor and are defined by their structure, which involves two hard shells joined by a flexible hinge, encasing a soft body. When selecting a whole, live clam, look for that have closed shells. If shells are open, tap them, and if they respond by closing their shells, they are alive and good to eat.
Clams are a very nutritious whole food with a host of health benefits. They are a lean source of protein; are rich in minerals, vitamins, and Omega- 3 fatty acids; they promote sexual health; and have been found to possess cancer-preventing properties.
Clams are high in selenium and niacin, a B vitamin that has the potential to not only boost your HDL (healthy cholesterol), but lower your LDL (bad cholesterol), and mussels (which are a type of clam) are especially high in protein, low in fat, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acid
|Nutrient (per 100 gms of Steamed Clams)|
|Total Fat (Grams)||2|
Nutrition Source: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/encyclopedia/food/clams
Recipe: Buttery garlic Steamed Clams