Nutrition and Labeling - Shrimp

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02-26-2008, 12:26 PM
does shrimp have the same nutritional benefits as fish? What specifically is shrimp good for other than being low cal/low fat?

02-26-2008, 01:12 PM
I found this little blip online:
Although shrimps and prawns have a high cholesterol content, they are low in saturated fat, which is the fat that raises cholesterol levels in the body and is bad for you. 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.

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.

Shrimps and prawns do contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, but these fatty acids are good for you and help prevent against heart disease, circulatory diseases and many other types of illnesses.

Prawns and shrimps also contains high levels of vitamin B12, zinc, iodine, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and iron and have smaller quantities of calcium, magnesium and sodium.

02-27-2008, 01:09 AM
hey thanks! Sounds like I should be eating more shrimp :) other than fish i don't like seafood at all but recently I've been enjoying shrimp so i guess i'll try more of it!

02-27-2008, 01:19 AM
Interesting thread - good to know I get some Omegas from shrimp (I don't eat a lot of fish, as a rule, but do enjoy shrimp...)

02-29-2008, 09:19 AM
Oooh I LOVE shrimp!! I could eat it every day instead of any other meat and be totally satisfied.

Here's my favorite recipe:

03-12-2008, 02:11 AM
Try making your own shrimp scampi, it's EASY and it's YUMMY. I don't like salmon and most other fish, so I try to eat shrimp and maybe tuna once or twice a week...

03-12-2008, 02:19 AM
Go look in the Panko bread crumbs thread for a recipe for coconut shrimp.

I love shrimp but some of the numbers have scared me.

The cholesterol numbers have me confused.

03-12-2008, 02:38 AM
I make a mexican style shrimp cocktail, modeled after those I've had in mexican restaurants here in Wisconsin and Illinois.

This was my original recipe

4 ounces of cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined.
1 cup Pace Picante sauce
juice of 1/4 of a lime
a few tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro
two or three green onions sliced thinly in rounds (the white and a fair amount of the green)
a couple drops of hot pepper sauce (the restaurant version had chopped fresh jalapeno)
a little artificial sweetener to taste (about 1/2 packet or the equivalent of 1 tsp sugar)
1/4 of an avacodo, chopped (optional, and unless I'm eating it as a meal I don't include it, because it has 2 WW points, so probably about 100 cals)

Mix everthing together, and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
Eat with or without crackers (restaurants usually serve it with the crackers). It's sort of like a gazpacho with shrimp (although I hate gazpacho, but I love this).


I've since found a simpler way to make it, if you can find fresh pico de gallo (chopped onions, tomato, jalapeno and cilantro).

I either buy it from a local mexican grocery, or a local mexican restaurant.

thawed frozen cooked shrimp
fresh pico de gallo (enough to cover shrimp)
Pace picante sauce (just a nice splash to thin the sauce a bit.)
diced avocado (optional)

03-13-2008, 01:03 PM
I like shrimps bery much!
Don`t know why they are healthy exactly JUSt know that ALL sea food is very healthy!