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Read about the nutrition facts, health benefits, nutritional value and calories found in Octopus


Indian Recipes : Nutrition : Seafood : Octopus Nutrition Facts

Octopuses are an interesting marine creature, scientifically known as Octopus vulgaris, and a member of the order Octopoda. It is a cephalopod mollusc, quite distinguishable because of its hard beak and four pairs of arms. Amongst all the invertebrates on Earth, the octopus is probably the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible creature. Octopuses are renowned for their striking ability to defend themselves against predators by the expulsion of ink, the use of camouflage, their ability to jet through the water and their intelligent ability to hide. But interestingly, these sea creatures form a part of many cuisines across the world, particularly Japanese, Mediterranean and Polynesian. The tentacles are cooked to make delicious and luscious meals, devoured by most seafood lovers. Apart from being a common ingredient in many dishes such as sushi, fish soups and pastas, some octopus species are even consumed alive as fried, baked, boiled and grilled delicacies. Just like other seafood, octopi also have amazing nutritious properties. Given here are some of the interesting health benefits.

 

History

There are evidences indicating that ancient people of the Mediterranean region had knowledge about the octopus, through certain prehistoric artworks and designs. One such example is that of a stone carving found in archaeological research from the Bronze Age Minoan Crete at Knossos, depicting a fisherman carrying an octopus. Octopuses were mentioned in the history of ancient Peru, where they were often portrayed in the art of Moche people, who worshipped the sea and its animals. Octopus was also a part of the Hawaiian creation myth which states that the present cosmos is only the last of a series and has risen in stages from the wreck of the previous Universe. According to this myth, the octopus is the lone survivor of the alien world. For centuries, octopuses have been consumpted in many cultures across the world.

 

Health Benefits of Astapad (Octopus)

  • Octopuses are a rich in several essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and selenium. These help the body in performing different vital functions.

  • The presence of vitamins A, B and C in octopus are also beneficial for overall health of the body. While vitamin A is useful in maintaining healthy vision, vitamin C is necessary for boosting the immune system.

  • Octopus is a great source of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are very effective in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and depression. They facilitate the empowerment and enhancement of the brain in children. The essential fatty acids found in octopuses are beneficial in preventing diseases like chronic bronchitis and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Taurine contained in octopuses are an important organic acid that acts as an antioxidant. They are termed effective in macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases. Taurine reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels, thereby preventing arteriosclerosis. Studies indicate that this component is helpful in strengthening the heart muscles.

  • Consumption of octopus meat is a great option for people who are conscious about their calorie intake. Being low in fat, octopi makes excellent an food low-fat food option.

  • A good source of iron is present in octopuses. They help in the formation of red blood cells, development of brain and the regulation of body temperature. Inadequate supply of this mineral leads to weakness, fatigue and anemia.

  • Regular consumption of octopus aids in reducing the risk of certain types of cancers including mouth, stomach, rectum, breast, colon, prostate, pancreas and lung cancer.

  • Studies state that octopuses have a useful fat that lower the risk of developing asthma or improve its symptoms.

 

Nutritional Value & Calories in Octopus

Amount: 100 g

Weight: 100 g

 
Nutrients
Amount
Basic Components
 
Proteins

15 g

Water

80.3 g

Ash

1.6 g

Carbohydrates

2.2 g

Cholesterol

48 mg

 
 
Calories
 

Total Calories

82

Calories From Carbohydrates

9

Calories From Fats

9.4

Calories From Proteins

64
 
 
Fats & Fatty Acids
 

Total Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

227 mg

Monounsaturated Fat

162 mg

Polyunsaturated Fat

239 mg

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

163 mg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

9 mg

 
 
Vitamins
 

Vitamin A

150 IU

Vitamin C

5 mg

Vitamin E

1.2 mg

Vitamin K

0.1 mcg

Thiamin

30 mcg

Riboflavin

40 mcg

Niacin

2.1 mg

Vitamin B6

360 mcg

Folate

16 mcg

Vitamin B12

20 mcg

Pantothenic Acid

500 mcg

Choline

65 mg

 
 
Minerals
 
Calcium

53 mg

Iron

5.3 mg

Magnesium

30 mg

Phosphorus

186 mg

Potassium

350 mg

Sodium

230 mg

Zinc

1.7 mg

Copper

435 mcg

Manganese

25 mcg

Selenium

45 mcg

 

How many calories in octopus (per 100 gm)

Octopus has about 82 calories per 100 gm of weight.

 

How to Buy Octopus

  • Octopuses are usually sold fresh or frozen, whole (clean and debeaked), as octopus legs and raw or cooked.

  • They can be found in fish markets all year round. Most octopuses are available in the frozen state. It is important to make sure that they are free from any kind of bad odour.

 

Octopus Storage Tips

  • It is recommended that you store thawed octopus in a bowl covered with a wet paper towel and refrigerate it.

  • Frozen octopus should be stored in its original wrapping in the freezer where it will last for up to 2 months.

  • For defrosting a frozen octopus, first unwrap it and place it in a bowl or pan. Cover and let it thaw overnight in a refrigerator. For quicker thawing, wrap the octopus in a waterproof plastic bag and place it in a sink under cold running water, for about 30 minutes per pound. For even faster thawing, use the defrost cycle of your microwave, allowing 2-5 minutes per pound.





More About Octopus
Quantity: 100 grams
Calories: 82 Calories in 100 grams
Bio-Logical name: Octopus vulgaris
Octopus in other languages:
Hindi Astapad
Tamil Kanavayi
Malayalam Nirali
Gujarati Ashtapago
Punjabi Tadua



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