Octopus — A great protein source for calorie counters!


In Japan, we love “the devil fish”

Have you ever seen an octopus on display in the fishmongers? If so, you’ll know it is not the most pleasant sight.

In fact, with those legs covered in suckers and that big bloated head, they are actually quite creepy (in Europe, their appearance even inspired the name “devil fish”).

But, in spite of its looks, octopus is still hugely popular in Japan, where it is commonly used in dishes like sushi, sashimi and takoyaki.

Taurine helps lower cholesterol

Whenever I go out for sushi, I always order the octopus. Why? Because not only is it very cheap, it’s very nutritious too!

Octopus is an excellent low-calorie, low-fat source of protein. It also contains a good dose of taurine, an amino acid that helps to lower cholesterol.

Other nutrients in octopus include vitamin E, which is good for the circulation, vitamin B2, which promotes sugar and fat metabolism, and niacin, which helps the body produce energy, all of which help ward off obesity, relieve allergies, and enhance the complexion.

Combine it with salad or vegetables for an even bigger nutritional boost!

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