Re: Sea urchin roe (uni)

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I’m not aware of any health benefits to the roe. Some roe have decent amounts of vitamins and good fats, but there’s nothing specifically in roe that can’t be found in other meats or vegetables. More than likely, your friend’s advice stems from the fact that roe is part of the urchin’s reproductive system. A lot of cultures attribute healing properties of animals to corresponding body parts and systems in humans. For example, claiming bull penis will increase your sex life, consuming meat from large predators will give you strength, or drinking turtles blood will grant longevity.

There have, however, been talks about tofu helping with menopause because of the presence of plant-derived estrogen.