I'm getting kind of anxious about the arrival of crawfish season. You will probably find me trying out several different restaurants to find out who's got the best boiled bugs this year. But I did a little research on the nutrition of crawfish and there's some good news and bad news.

The Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board says crawfish are "an excellent source of protein. Fat content of washed crawfish tail meat is only about 1% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). They are also low in calories, fat and saturated fat, and a good source of vitamins."

Here's the list of vitamins you'll find in crawfish:

    • Biotin
    • Calcium
    • Iron
    • Niacin
    • Phosphorus
    • Protein
    • Selenium
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin B-6
    • Vitamin B-12

What about the calories? Do we really care when we are splurging. No, but here's the scoop. There are 327 calories in 1 pound of Crawfish. Crawfish are 12% fat, 0% carbs and 88% protein.

It takes about 7 pounds of live crawfish to produce 1 pound of peeled tails. You do have to be concerned about cholesterol. Crawfish tend to be higher in cholesterol than most other shellfish. And what you put in the pot can add to the mix. Lots of folks put potatoes and corn. But you'll also find sausage, mushrooms and so much more. So be sure to include that in your nutrition info.

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