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Octopuses are a really tasty and nutritious food

Octopus as food
Octopus as food
Photo by Neilson Barnard

Octopuses have emerged in a search for a new tasty and nutritious food source. Live Science reported on Aug. 31, 2014 that octopuses have the potential to make an ideal mass-produced food for many hungry people. Octopuses grow very quickly and have lots of tasty flesh. They are found all over the world. As the world’s supply of fish diminishes while nevertheless the number of people keeps increasing octopuses have emerged as a possible ideal new food source.

Octopus being prepared
Octopus being prepared
Photo by Neilson Barnard

The main problem that has prevented octopus farming at large scale is that the common octopus known as Octopus vulgaris is hard to feed in captivity, particularly when first born. Farmed octopus hasn’t had much commercial success yet. However, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) has carried out important and successful research aimed at overcoming the problems with octopus cultivation. Once the problem of feeding small octopuses in large numbers is solved the development of a full undersea octopus farming industry will be much easier.

Although octopus is not a familiar food for many people it is nevertheless common in some types of cuisine like Japanese, Mediterranean and Polynesian reports Fit Day. Octopus has many health benefits and can be prepared in many different delicious ways. This makes octopus a valuable addition to a well balanced diet.

Octopus is a good protein source which is low in calories and is a good source of iron and other minerals and vitamins as well as some omega-3 fatty acids. Octopus may therefore lower the chances of heart disease, cancer and depression. Octopus is clearly an excellent food for a good diet with low levels of fat and high levels of many important nutrients.