Baked, broiled, fried, or steamed, shrimp is very popular in our country. It is liked by so many that it is estimated to amount to 25% of all seafood eaten in the USA. Although small in size, unless it’s a jumbo shrimp, these tasty crustaceans can help their fans stay healthy in a big way.
Interestingly, the calories shrimp contains matches its weight in grams. For example, three ounces of shrimp, about 85 grams, will supply 85 calories along with 20 grams of protein. There is also less than one gram of both fat and carbohydrates, as well as 120 milligrams of cholesterol.
Shellfish is an important source of astaxanthin, an antioxidant that makes up the reddish pigment giving shrimp their color. Shellfish also contain other healthy nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acid, phosphorous, selenium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.
The following will summarize the top eight health benefits of eating shrimp.
Containing phosphorous and vitamin D, shrimp, and shellfish in our diet will help strengthen bones. These two nutrients will work with calcium to build stronger bones, decreasing the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis as we age.
Tryptophan, which experts believe triggers the mood-raising hormone serotonin, is found in shrimp. The crustacean also contains omega-3 and vitamin B12. When combined, they are thought to improve brain function. Over time, we remain sharper and more alert, helping to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Astaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids contain robust antioxidant properties that show inhibitory and protective effects against cancer, thus decreasing cancer cell growth. Scientists are now studying the astounding eyesight of shellfish for clues in detecting cancer.
Astaxanthin has shown to be a valuable player in maintaining good eye health, including protecting the retina against oxidative damage, especially from excessive sunlight exposure. Early data suggests astaxanthin, in conjunction with other nutrients, can improve problems affecting the center of the eye.
Part 2 will cover four more health benefits of eating shrimp. Get Shrimp Favorites Here: The Crab Shack Menus for Crofton and Edgewater.
Seeking Super Seafood?
Lovers of super seafood, including fat, juicy crab, don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy wonderful deliciousness all year round at the two locations below! · The Crab Shack – Crofton
· The Crab Shack – Edgewater
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.