Seafood comes in various shapes and sizes. One of the staple components is none other than the shrimp. These bite-size crustaceans can be served with a myriad of different recipes to suit anyone’s taste buds, and compliment your homemade dinner nicely. Other than tasting delicious, shrimps also have significant benefits. We’ll be exploring those benefits further in this article.
Did you know that shrimps contain antioxidants? Shrimps are a great source of a carotenoid called astaxanthin, which they naturally get from consuming algae. This same antioxidant is the same element that causes their reddish color.
Astaxanthin protects your body by preventing free radicals from damaging your cells and preventing inflammations on a cellular level. It can also reduce the risk of heart attacks by strengthening your arteries.
Shrimps are an excellent source protein – in fact, 90% of the shrimp’s calorie is protein, making them almost pure protein. An 85-gram serving of shrimp contains up to 18 grams of protein, and as a bonus they have one of the lower protein to calorie-ratios, making them an excellent protein source for those wanting to maintain their calorie intake.
Rich in Minerals
The same serving size that we mentioned above also contains more than 20 other minerals and vitamins that are beneficial to our health. The list of minerals includes our 100% of the daily value for selenium, over 75% for vitamin B12, over 50% for phosphorous, and over 30% for choline, copper, and iodine.
With so much tangible benefits, and its irresistible texture, it’s no wonder shrimps are one of the favorable choices for seafood cuisines. However, one thing to note is the cholesterol content on shrimps. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 300mg of dietary cholesterol per day, and the serving size we mentioned above falls just about half that amount. Make sure to keep that in mind!
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