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Are you looking for dinner ideas that tick the healthy but delicious box? It might be time to consider octopus.

Octopus is rich in vitamins and minerals, is low in fat and is a good source of protein. Here is a closer look at what it has to offer.

Heart health

Octopus is a good, affordable source of omega-3 fatty acids, commonly known as ‘good fats’. These fats can reduce blood pressure and lessen the buildup of cholesterol plaques in blood vessels. This in turn can lower your risk of stroke and heart attack.

Octopus also contains an amino acid called taurine which reduces blood pressure and cholesterol.



Taurine is also an antioxidant. It protects cells from damage often associated with inflammation and cancer. Octopus contains other antioxidants such as selenium, vitamin B12 and folate.


Brain health

Octopus contains magnesium which can help support healthy brain function. The omega-3 fatty acids found in octopus may lower the risk of developing depression.

Note: While for many people octopus is a healthy choice, some people need to avoid or approach with caution.

  • If you have a shellfish allergy, you need to avoid octopus as well.
  • Octopus has a higher salt content than some other lean protein sources. Factor this in if you are watching your sodium intake.