ClamsClams really are the ultimate fast food! They are low in calories and a terrific source of protein, calcium and iodine.  Iodine is an important mineral that contributes to the development of certain hormones which help to regulate your thyroid (which in turn regulates your metabolism.)

A recent study involving more than 700 teenage girls in the UK, found more than two-thirds had an iodine deficiency.  According to Dr Mark Vanderpump who led the study: “Our data suggests the UK is now iodine deficient….One cup of milk gives you about 50% of your daily iodine needs.” (  

The other main source of iodine is seafood and though other fish such as haddock contain the mineral, shellfish has the highest concentration with clams, prawns and mussels all having significant amounts. So what more delicious way to boost your intake than by eating these easy to cook foods?

Buying clams: Clams should be bought live to ensure their freshness. It is also best to buy them in their shells, as any clams which do not open when cooked should be not be eaten.

Preparing clams: Soak clams in their shells  in salted water for about an hour (if possible) and then rinse several times to ensure that any grit is removed and the water runs clear.

Cooking clams: Clams only take a few minutes to cook and are traditionally steamed in their own juices. They are also great cooked with pasta and rice. Click on Recipes or Meals in minutes for a step by step guide to cooking succulent garlic clams in wine with spaghetti.

Clams and spaghetti

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