A gastronomic tradition of the Sea Urchins:
Benefits of the sea urchin, and information on the properties of the hedgehog, a characteristic sea food but still few people dare to try.
Although every time it is becoming a wider gap in many kitchens and there are already many people who consume it regularly, even today it is very common that in reality there are few who dare to try it.
The sea urchin is a food belonging to the family of echinoderms, known as Paracentrotus lividus.
It is characterized by having mobile spines, and with an ambulacral skin that helps it move along the seabed.
Nutritional properties of the sea urchin:
Sea urchins stand out from a nutritional point of view because of their high content of good quality proteins, thus providing the majority of essential amino acids.
Its fat content and therefore its caloric value is really low, so that 1 kilogram of sea urchins provide only 68.7 kilocalories and only 0.3 grams of fat.
It also provides minerals (iodine, iron and phosphorus mainly), and in what refers to its content in vitamins we can highlight above all the presence of vitamin A.
It also provides a good amount of iron, so it helps prevent or treat iron deficiency anemia. It is very rich in iodine, so it helps to prevent hypothyroidism (precisely because of this, its use is not advised in case of hyperthyroidism).