Crab cakes deliver protein and an array of health benefits

If you’re eager to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation for eating seafood twice a week, try today’s recipe for Maryland-style Crab Cakes.

Shellfish — crab, scallops, shrimp and lobster — are lean sources of high-quality protein, and they’re full of nutritional benefits including:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, which promote a healthy heart and offer some promising help with cognitive function in those with mild Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Vitamin B-12, which contributes to a healthy nervous system and the function and development of the brain.
  • Copper, which helps to form red blood cells, bone, connective tissue and collagen.
  • Zinc, which boosts the immune system and helps heal wounds. It also plays a role in insulin storage and release.
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