Though the word calamari translates to squid in Italian, calamari is just one type of squid. There are actually over 500 types of squid (via Livestrong). Calamari is used in cooking because it’s a very tender type of squid. This makes it preferable for chefs as it can be cooked and eaten in many ways.
Raw squid contains vitamins such as calcium, iron, and vitamin C (via WebMD). Four ounces of raw squid is only 104 calories and contains 18 grams of protein. In addition, squid, like fish, contains omega 3s. Besides helping improve heart health due to omega threes, calamari contains a fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This acid is found in higher amounts in squid, more than in other fish and seafood, and helps regulate resting heart rate.
Though healthy, you have to be careful how it’s prepared because deep-frying it can add hundreds of extra calories as well as a heavy amount of artery-clogging oil.
Yet with all the benefits of calamari, some precautions should be taken during pregnancy.