1. Shrimp are low in calories
Go ahead and have that second cocktail because theirs only 6 calories in a medium shrimp. In addition to that, there are numerous health benefits to these little suckers as we’ll explain later.
That’s probbaly why there has been over 5 billion pounds of shrimp consumed each year (last reliable study on shrimp consumption was 2009).
50% of that 5 billion pounds are caught wild and the other 50% are farmed. Here is a cool little video that explains the process.
2. Shrimp are protein rich
Shrimp are primarily made of protein and water. And proteins are considered long chains of amino acids, which are the important molecules we get from our diet.
With out the proper amounts of protein in your diet then you’ll experience low energy and have trouble losing weight. In this regard, proteins are used every second of our day to keep the body healthy and moving along in a regular fashion.
So your diet should include a healthy mix of protein and other complex carbohydrates. Some examples of good protein other than shrimp are grass-fed beef, raw organic dairy, cage-free eggs and wild-caught fish.
3. Shrimp have a common allergen
Although most major food allergies begin in child hood, one allergy in particular stands apart: shellfish.
An allergy to shellfish may develop any time during a person’s life, but tends to present in adulthood. It can be caused by foods that you’ve eaten before with no issues.
4. Shrimp are high in cholesterol, but…
Research shows that high intakes of saturated fat and man-made trans fat have the greatest impact on blood cholesterol. Shrimp is very low in saturated fat and doesn’t contain trans fat at all —unless it’s been fried or cooked in a way that adds trans fat.
But if you already have high cholesterol, follow the advice of your doctor about dietary cholesterol and be sure to get checked regulary to ensure you have the proper diet set up for yourself.
5. Shrimp provide key nutrients
Shrimp contain tons of nutrients but the catch is (no pun intended) that they need to be caught wild to reap most of the benefits from these nutrients. And most fish are farm raised now. As a matter of fact, according to Dr. Axe…most shrimp these days are down right disgusting.
We’ll let you be the judge but having some shrimp cocktail once a week at social gatherings and parties won’t harm you.