FEELING CRABBY?While a Keelung doctor has some eating advice, purveyors offer a few tips on how to choose the freshest catch this fall, as well as pricing
Date: Oct 13, 2015
By: Yu Chao-fu and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
As crab season has arrived in Taiwan, Lai Hui-lien (賴卉蓮), a physician at
the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Keelung Hospital, is urging members of the public to show restraint.
Crab meat is very rich in protein, which means it is not healthy to eat too much of it, Lai said, especially people who suffer from hypertension or cardiovascular diseases.
People with gout or skin allergies should avoid crab completely, she said.
Deemed to be “cold” in terms of Chinese medicine, crabs should not be eaten alongside with beer and pears, Lai said.
Crab season coincides with persimmon season, but the two do not go together, as the protein in crab meat can coagulate with the tannin in persimmon and lead to indigestion, which can cause food in the intestines to ferment and lead to stomach pains and diarrhea, the doctor said. [FULL STORY]