Wednesday, 15 April 2009

A lot of nutrition and flavor is packed into a small package of Shrimp

Eating Prawns and Shrimps is considered a very healthy choice of food. They are high in protein but low in fat and calories.
Meat and dairy products are also sources of protein but they tend to be very high in calories and saturated fat.

A 4 oz (115 g) portion of shrimps contains almost half the recommended daily protein needed but only contains 112 calories and less than 1g of fat.

Although cholesterol content of shrimps and prawns is high, they are low in saturated fat. This means the saturated fat that raises cholesterol levels in the body and is bad for you is less in shrimps.For this reason, there is no need to avoid eating shrimps or prawns, as the cholesterol in the food is not the same as the cholesterol in one's blood.

Shrimp consumption, however, is considered healthy for the circulatory system because the lack of significant levels of saturated fat in shrimp mean that the high cholesterol content in shrimp actually improves the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides.

Prawns and shrimps also contain high levels of vitamins. Many of these vitamins are essential for healthy skin, bones and teeth.

Shrimps are rich in zinc, iodine, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and iron and have smaller quantities of calcium, magnesium and sodium.Shrimp and other shellfish are not kosher and thus are forbidden in Jewish cuisine.

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