Health Benefits of Shrimp

Shrimp are crustaceans (just like lobsters and crabs) and they belong to a category of living things called arthropods. Like all arthropods, shrimp have their skeleton on the outside instead of the inside and this outer skeleton (exoskeleton) is one of the features that gives shrimp their unusual look—almost like having a head shield that blocks out all of their features except their eyes, mouth opening, and antennae. In the U.S., consumers don’t typically eat the outer skeleton, heads, or tails of shrimp, even though these parts are often rich in nutrients and commonly consumed in most other countries.

Most shrimp are sold frozen and marketed based on their categorization of presentation, grading, colour, and uniformity. Shrimp have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and low levels of mercury. Usually shrimps are sold whole, though sometimes only the meat of shrimp is marketed.

As with other seafood, shrimp is high in calcium, iodine and protein but low in food energy. A shrimp-based meal is also a significant source of cholesterol, depending on the method of preparation. Shrimp consumption, however, is considered healthy for the circulatory system because the lack of significant levels of saturated fat in shrimp means that the high cholesterol content in shrimp actually improves the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides. You can fill out your daily mineral intake of iron, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and potassium, along with vitamin A, vitamin E, and B6, and even vitamin B12. It also contains iodine, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Benefits:

  • Low Calorie, A medium shrimp has at least 7 calorie. If we eat a dozen of them, we will have 85 calorie.
  • Protein in a shrimp helps us in maintaining the health and the growth of hair, skin, and nail.
  • Rich of iron that is famously known to increase our energy.
  • The content of essential fat acid and omega 3 gives strong protection toward the depression and bring back the missing mood.
  • Eating shrimps can give additional copper intake. The lack of copper intake can cause hypothyroid.
  • Astaxanthin is beneficial for keeping our skin healthy and prevent it from premature aging.
  • Calcium and phosphor are two substances that work together to form strong bones and teeth.
  • Cancer can be prevented by consuming shrimps. The mineral selenium is the antioxidant that prevent the growth of cancer cells.
  • Shrimps are good for reducing our weight because they contain carbohydrate, protein, and fat, zinc, and magnesium.
  • Contain zinc that is good for keeping our hair roots strong and controlling the hair cells.

Caveats:

  • Too much consuming shrimps brings the risk of mercury poisoning since shrimps contain different level of mercury.
  • Since shrimps contain high level of purin, they can cause uric acid and kidney failure worse.
  • The reactions of shrimps allergy are rash-itchy skin, nausea, vomit, and terrible headache.

Nutritional Information:

Calories

Protein

Cholesterol

Selenium

Vitamin B-12

Water

Shrimp, Cooked (100g)

99

21 g

195 mg

39.6 mcg

1.5 mcg

77.3 g

 

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