Shrimp is one of the most common types of shellfish consumed all around the world. They’ve been thought of as nutritious and rich in protein, while their cholesterol content has been called into question many times. Here are 10 nutrition facts about shrimps which may clear any doubts you have…
85 grams of boiled or steamed shrimp contains 76 calories, 1 gram of fat, 600 grams of sodium, 15 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbohydrates.
When evaluating the calorie and fat content of the shrimp, the methods of cooking them is crucial. The calories remain low when you boil or steam the shellfish. However, fried or breaded shrimps are more popular among people and this changes the nutrition profile significantly. For example, when you eat shrimp that has been floured, breaded or battered and fried in oil, the calorie content increases to 250.
Shrimps are mainly made up of protein (in addition to their water content). Each jumbo shrimp provides about 3 grams of protein.
The omega 3 fatty acids found in your shrimps can improve your heart’s health.
Shrimps contain a carotenoid antioxidant known as astaxanthin. This antioxidant helps maintain eyesight and reduces the signs of ageing.
Although shrimps are high in cholesterol, its bad reputation is unwarranted. This is because dietary cholesterol has very small effects on blood cholesterol. 300 mg of cholesterol is recommended per day. Although shrimps contain 161 mg in a four-ounce serving, it is minimal compared to the majority of red meats and processed food.
When it comes to heart health, it is far more crucial to limit your intake of saturated fat than dietary cholesterol.
The food that shrimps consume and whether they are farmed or wild, as with all food animals, affect their nutritional value.
100 grams of shrimp contains 54% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of selenium.
100 grams of shrimp contains 5% of your RDA of calcium, 13% of iron, 9% of magnesium, 20% of phosphorus, 5% of potassium and 7% of zinc.
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