Things You Didn't Know About Some of the Seafood Delicacies We Feature
Most everyone knows that seafood is a nutrient rich food that is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Seafood is also the main food source for the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. But today JB Hooks would like to share some fun facts you may not know about some of the seafood we serve at the best fine dining restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks.
- Humans aren't the only ones that enjoy eating shrimp. Fish, crabs, sea urchins, whales, and dolphins all depend on shrimp for a considerable portion of their diet.
- Shrimp color varies from one species to another and can be influenced by age, harvest season, living environment, and diets. The meat color of raw shrimp can range from white to shades of gray and light bluish tints covered by surface patterns of red, pink or dark gray. All shrimp turn a pink or reddish color when cooked.
- Shrimp is low in fat and high in protein and a moderate source of omega-3 fatty acids. Crustaceans including shrimp have more sodium and cholesterol than other seafood products.
- Shrimp are able to rapidly dart backwards by flexing their body. This is a defensive response when threatened by predators who may want to eat them.
- Oysters have high zinc content, which aides in the production of testosterone. Because of this many people believe oysters to be a natural aphrodisiac.
- Oysters are a source of vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C (ascorbic acid) and D (calciferol). 6 oysters would also more than meet the daily recommended intake of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorous.
- The verb 'to shuck', meaning to remove the shell from an oyster, was first recorded in 1881.
- Oysters are hermaphrodites. Some oysters, such as Eastern, change their genders based on environmental, nutritional, and physiological stresses, and sometimes annually. They start out and mature as males, but will change to female later and sometimes reverse again.
- Lobsters were once considered the poor man's chicken. In Colonial times, it was fed to pigs and goats and only eaten by paupers. In the 1940s, you could buy a can of baked beans for 53 cents per pound and canned lobster for 11 cents per pound.
- Three and a half ounces of lobster only have 96 calories and about two grams of fat, so are a good source of protein that's not very fattening.
- Most people think that lobsters are naturally red in color. They can actually be many different colors, but turn red when cooked because heat destroys all pigments except red.
- Lobsters outgrow their shells. Each year a lobster will shed its shell and grow a new shell, during which time they are more vulnerable with no protection from predators.
So beyond the health benefits of eating seafoods, you now also have some fun facts to share with friends as you enjoy some of the best seafood at the Lake of the Ozarks. JB Hooks features an incredible shrimp and oyster bar. For a romantic dinner, business lunch, private party, or Lake of the Ozarks best happy hour, we invite you to visit us at JB Hooks!
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