We love our crawfish in Louisiana. We also love to "suck the head" to get all of that delicious crawfish fat out. What if I told you, the crawfish fat we thought we've been eating isn't really fat?

According to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames, the scrumptious yellowish-orange crawfish fat we love so much isn't actually "fat".

OK then, so what the heck have we been eating then?

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According to Reams, the crawfish fat we've all thought we've been eating is actually something quite different.

From lsu.edu -

The bright yellow to orange crawfish 'fat' squeezed from the heads and sticking to the tail meat is not fat in the usual sense, she says.

 

It actually is an organ in the head called the hepatopancreas that functions much like the liver in other animals.

 

Like the liver functions in humans, the crawfish's hepatopancreas filters out toxins and other potentially harmful substances.

That's right, we've been eating liver. Crawfish liver...sort of.

However, there is actually some fat in the yellow liver-type organ. Reams says that the hepatopancreas contains roughly 30 percent fat, so at least our lives haven't been a complete lie.

 

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Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet? You darn right it does. Bring on the crawfish liver!

Crawfish are an excellent source of protein, and are perfect if you're on a diet because they're are low in fat, saturated fat, trans fat and calories and are high in minerals

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