|The average blue crab contains about 2 ounces (57g) of meat, depending on
its size. On average, meat yield is 14% of whole crab weight.
Crab meat is an excellent
source of high quality protein, vitamins, and minerals that are needed for good nutrition.
Crab meat is an excellent source of phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, and iron and is
very low in fat, especially saturated fat. For a complete nutritional analysis, click here.
Crab meat is also somewhat high in cholesterol which can also raise your blood
cholesterol level. Most major health organizations, such as the American
Heart Association, recommend a daily limit of 300mg. It is important to note that
saturated fatty acids are the chief culprit in raising blood cholesterol levels and that
crab meat is very low in fat, and especially low in saturated fat. Consult your doctor or
dietitian if you are on a very restricted diet.