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FOR THE LOVE OF OCTOPUS


Diners often fall into a multitude of categories (vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and carnivores — just to name a few), but there are generally two camps when it comes to “eating outside the box.” Some people prefer to stick to the mainstream while others choose to be more culinarily adventurous. For the latter, eating octopus is no big deal; though the former may be a little squeamish about the idea of eating this eight-tentacled sea creature.


Fear not — octopus is not only a tasty delicacy, it offers diners some great nutritional benefits. Octopus is “armed” with lean muscle so it serves as a great source of healthy protein, and is loaded with lots of good minerals and key nutrients including vitamin B-12, and healthy doses of iron and selenium.


Vitamin B-12 is essential for a balanced metabolism. It also supports everyday brain functions and creates new red blood cells. One serving of octopus is all a consumer needs to fulfill (and actually largely surpass) their daily requirement of vitamin B-12.


Iron is another nutrient packed into a serving of octopus. Iron is important because it serves as an oxygen carrier and it transports oxygen to the body’s cells, tissues and vital organs, according to SFGate.com. Iron is also vital to cell growth.


Selenium may be a lesser known nutrient, but it plays an essential role in the body by way of metabolizing protein during digestion as well as ridding the body of detrimental free radicals, which can increase one’s risk of chronic illnesses. A three-ounce serving of octopus has more than the suggested daily intake of selenium.


Koibito Poke is all about spreading a love of healthy food with a focus around fresh fish and seafood — including octopus as well as tuna, salmon, and more. For those that want to give octopus a try in an intimidation-free environment, stop in to a Koibito Poke location! With so many options and ways to customize a bowl, diners are sure to experience a tasty adventure in every bite. And there are plenty of mainstream (and not-from-the-sea) choices as well!

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