Benefit and harm

The benefits and harms of Carp

Carp is a freshwater fish that reaches up to 50 cm in length and up to 2 kg of weight. He lives in natural conditions in all inland waters slow movement and stasis, and also cultivated in ponds. Carp is prized for its white, oily and tasty meat. It can be fried, baked, stewed or dried.

Not all know that the carp is considered the ancestor of the Goldfish from the Pushkin's tale. This fish feeds on aquatic invertebrates that live in the muddy bottom, and also plants. Karas has great economic importance, as it grows very slowly and reaches a small size.

Useful properties of fish

In 100 grams of carp meat contains 9.1 g protein, 1.25 g fat 0.05 g carbohydrates. It is very rich in vitamins B12 and D and minerals. In 50g of meat contains 51 calories.

The zinc contained in the fish helps to improve memory and concentration, and calcium helps to strengthen bones, teeth. Water in carp is much superior to the properties of natural drinking water.

Fish meat is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids known as omega-3, which is necessary for our body. Freshwater carp by their number reaches the level of ocean fish. The meat of carp from the pond easily absorbed than fish from the ocean and contains two times less calories (50g of meat only 51 kcal), which is especially valuable for people who are overweight.

Omega-3 fatty acids have important anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic properties, prevent the occurrence of arrhythmia and atherosclerosis. They also play an important role in many cellular processes that are associated with lipid metabolism. The substances contained in the meat of crucian carp play an important role in the neuro-psychical system, a beneficial effect on psychomotor development. They help to prevent cardiovascular disease, to determine the deviation of the immune system, Crohn's disease, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Meat carp activates blood circulation


The protein content of high quality in the carp, its ease of digestion and absorption improves resistance to diseases of the liver (hepatitis), kidneys (nephritis) and cardiovascular (hypertension, heart disease).

Use carp

Carp are very useful in chronic nephritis, ascites due to cirrhosis. Also great for children suffering from measles. Useful in chronic dysentery, hemorrhoids.

Carp are useful at all stages of pregnancy. The lack of mother's milk after birth is an indicator for the meat of this fish. It enriches the blood and has a lactogenic effect on mother's milk, contributing to its development. For younger children a useful fish soup, which is suitable for weak stomach and loss of appetite or irregular stools.

Healthy is the only fresh carp. Before buying something you should definitely see the fish scales, eyes and the meat itself. Scales should be clean, covered with natural mucus, the eyes are not opaque and convex with a black pupil. The gills should be bright red with no mucus. The meat when pressed with your finger should not be deformed and return to its original state.

Use carp

Carp are quite popular throughout Russia. The use of carp in cooking widely – it can be broiled, fried, smoked, boiled, rolled. It is possible to prepare simple meals and culinary masterpieces. To get rid of the unpleasant smell of algae, which is typical for freshwater fish, use of special spices.

Harm carp

Meat carp can become hazardous only in case of individual intolerance of this type of fish or fish products in General.