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At Paul Piazza & Son, we love providing high quality, delicious shrimp. But we especially love the fact that not only are our shrimp wonderful to eat, they are also good for you! On this page you’ll find some of the top reasons according to a variety of outside resources. After reading this list, you may be inspired to increase the amount of shrimp you consume!
Rich in Protein
Shrimp are a great source of protein, at 82% of calories. They also contain vitamins, minerals and beneficial antioxidants. Protein content in 100 grams: 20 grams (82% of calories).
Great Source of Omega-3 And Omega-6 Fatty Acids
According to a 2018 study in the Journal of Circulation, the omega-3 fatty acids in shellfish and seafood can improve the health of your heart. Eating seafood regularly can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and heart failure. Omega-3 fatty acids also have a range of other health benefits and can help resolve neuropsychological issues, immune system issues (particularly reducing inflammation), diabetes and digestive system.
Excellent Source of Selenium, A Deficiency of Which Is A Risk Factor For Heart Failure
At 56 micrograms in every 4 ounces, shrimp is an excellent source of the antioxidant mineral selenium. Recent research studies show that the selenium contained in shrimp can be well absorbed into the human body. In one study, we’ve seen an estimate of about 80-85% for total selenium absorption from this shellfish. Since selenium deficiency has been shown to be a risk factor for heart failure and other forms of cardiovascular disease, as well as for other problems including type 2 diabetes, compromised cognitive function, and depression, shrimp may have a unique role to play in your meal plan if your health history places you at special risk in any of these areas.
Source: WHfoods.com The World’s Healthiest Foods
Selenium Note: Selenium has also been linked to protection against cancer. Source: healwithfood.org
Shrimp are loaded with selenium. Several population studies suggest that the risk of death from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with a higher intake of the trace mineral selenium. Source: Healwithfood.org
Increase The Levels Of HDL, Or “Good Cholesterol”
One serving of shrimp contains 189 milligrams of cholesterol, which translates to roughly 60 percent of the total recommended amount of cholesterol per day. This high level of cholesterol was the reason why doctors used to believe that shrimp was bad for heart health. It was thought that shrimp would increase levels of LDL, or “bad cholesterol” in people, but it is now known that is not the case. Shrimp can actually increase the levels of HDL, or “good cholesterol” thereby supporting heart health. Source: Medicalnewstoday.com
Can Protect The Skin From Premature Aging
Shrimp contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives them their pink color and that can act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature aging. Also the omega-3 fatty acids in shrimp provide antioxidant protection. The zinc shrimp boast plays an important role in the production of new cells (including hair cells and skin cells). It also helps maintain the oil-secreting glands on the scalp that keep hair shiny. In addition, shrimp are a good source of copper which can help prevent hair loss, contribute to hair thickness, and intensify hair color.
And More Great Nutritional Benefits!
Shrimp lowers appetite. It can increase CCK, a hormone from your stomach that stops hunger. Shrimp contains astaxanthin, an antioxidant that helps repair brain cells and muscle tissue. In fact, astaxanthin gives shrimp its pink color. A single serving of shrimp can have up to 4 milligrams of astaxanthin.
Serving size is 3 oz. steamed or boiled shrimp (85 grams).
Total Fat 1g
Cholesterol 135mg (45%)
Sodium 699mg (30%)
Potassium 85mg (2%)
Carbohydrates 1g (1%)
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