November 12, 2018

Health Benefits of Shrimp

is shrimp healthy for you?

It’s November, as of the time of this writing, and you know what that means – here come the holidays! With all the holiday parties coming up, you know there will be plenty of shrimp cocktails to feast on. But should you be digging in, or avoiding this food?

While you may not think it, shrimp actually has many health properties that make it a great part of your diet. I’m not saying eat it every day, but there are certainly benefits to your health from eating this seafood in moderation.

Is Shrimp Healthy?

Just like with lobster, this is another sea creature that has a lot going for it and can safely be part of your diet. Let’s get into the many ways it can improve your health.

Low in Calories

If you’re trying to lose weight, you know that you need to be watching your caloric intake. Shrimp is relatively low in calories, with just 85 calories per serving (a dozen shrimp). This food can be a great way to fill up your belly so you feel full and not overeat on less healthy options, while at the same time sticking to your diet.

High in Protein

Another great benefit to this food is how much protein they pack in such a small bite. Just three ounces of shrimp will provide you with 20 grams of protein. This is comparable to the amount that you would get in a similarly sized chicken breast. On top of that, while high in protein and low in calories, shrimp is also very low in fat and carbohydrates, just like shellfish.

are shrimp healthy to eat?

Nutrient Rich

Having a few of these sea delicacies can be like popping a multivitamin. Getting a serving of shrimp will provide you with the following essential vitamins and minerals:

  • Selenium (over 100% of your daily recommended value)
  • Vitamin B12
  • Choline
  • Phosphorous
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Zinc

Each of these nutrients has many important roles in our body. Selenium, for example, is crucial in thyroid function, as well as has powerful antioxidant properties that fight free radicals that attack our cells and DNA. Another antioxidant found in shrimp, astaxanthin, can help to fight inflammation, which combats premature aging and a number of diseases.

Stop Hair Loss

For individuals who experience hair loss without having a genetic reason, the culprit is often a zinc deficiency. You will notice zinc is listed above in the nutrients list, and studies have indicated that zinc supplementation can cause hair loss to retreat. Seafood is one of the richest sources of zinc you can get, so if you have thinning hair but don’t have that trait in your family tree, maybe some more shrimp in your diet will be the remedy!

Stronger Bones

You wouldn’t think of shrimp as a key part of your diet to help strengthen your bones. You’d more often think of a glass of milk for its calcium content. However, many of the crucial bone-building nutrients — calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and Vitamin D — are prevalent in this seafood. This helps to prevent the loss of bone density and promote the growth of new tissue.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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