For a very long time, crabs were viewed as dangerous and were only eaten sparingly. Native Americans were the first people to prepare blue crabs as food, but it wasn't until 1930 that crab cakes were first introduced in a cookbook by Crosby Gaige. There are plenty of ways to cook crab and serve them as patties.


1. Health Benefits of Crab

Crab is full of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and protein. Selenium boosts metabolism and supports the thyroid system. Crab also contains B2, which supports the health of red blood cells and helps the body break down carbohydrates. Vitamin B12 can prevent cardiovascular disease and aid in brain function.

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