About National Shrimp Day
Shrimp is very popular in the United States. According to a study performed by the National Fisheries Institute, shrimp is the most consumed seafood in America. It is also one of the most versatile foods in the US and can be cooked in a variety of ways.
Shrimp Can Improve Your Health!
Shrimp is considered to be heart-healthy and brain food according to several studies. It's packed with nutrients that are good for your body, too. But, are these claims true?
It is a fact that sea food is healthier than meat and poultry as it contains low amount of fat and high amounts of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Shrimp is a type of shellfish that’s low in calories, yet loaded with nutrients. It’s naturally low in fat and cholesterol, and high in protein (Shrimp contains more than 20 grams of prot per 100 grams.), which makes it an excellent food for people with heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
In fact, it’s been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and live longer.
Eating shrimp also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and have been linked to many health benefits, including improved brain function, healthy joints and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
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.
Beware the Bacteria!
However, like all seafood, shrimp is very prone to bacterial contamination. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are three basic types of contamination that can occur with shrimp: post-harvest handling, processing, and transport. Bacteria can also be found in water. These bacteria can be introduced to the shrimp during the time when they are being caught, or even when they are on the boat.
It is important to note that there are many ways to prevent these bacteria from affecting your shrimp. The best way to prevent these bacteria from affecting your shrimp is to purchase it from a reputable source.
What are Shrimp?
Shrimp are decapod crustaceans with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion – most commonly Caridea and Dendrobranchiata. More narrow definitions may be restricted to Caridea, to smaller species of either group or to only the marine species. Under a broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans.
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