Shrimp – 100 grams = 99 calories.
Health Benefits – At only 7 calories per shrimp, we can eat a relatively large amount of this shellfish without using up too many of our daily calories. For example, a person eating 1,800 calories per day could consume 20 shrimp and only be “spending” about 8% of his or her daily calories. This very low calorie cost would not be so remarkable if it were not for the fact that shrimp provides us with significant amounts of so many nutrients. We usually have to eat foods with a far greater calorie content to get the nutrient richness provided by shrimp. For example, those same 20 shrimp that provide us with about 140 calories also provide us with 25 grams of protein or 50% of the Daily Value (DV).They also provide nearly 2 micrograms of vitamin B12—over 80% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) level for adults.
High Quality, Lean Protein
Shrimp serves as an excellent source of lean protein. Each 6-ounce portion provides 39 grams of protein — a significant amount toward the 46 grams recommended daily for women and 56 grams for men. It also contains all the amino acids that your cells can’t synthesize on their own. Every cell in your body contains protein molecules — and the amino acids from your diet allow your cells to generate new proteins to repair old or damaged ones. The protein in your diet also helps you make peptide hormones — a group that includes insulin, a hormone that regulates your blood sugar.
10 Benefits of Eating Shrimp
1. Fights cancer (Selenium – 57%)
Every 100 g of steamed shrimps can provide the body with an excellent amount of selenium. Lack of selenium in the body has been linked to the incidence of many types of cancer, including prostate. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) revealed that a combination of sulforaphane and selenium makes them 13 times more potent in attacking cancer. Sulforaphane-rich foods include broccoli, cabbage and other cruciferous veggies.
2. Keep skin, hair and nails healthy (Protein -42%)
The most expensive shampoo and lotion will be useless to hair and skin without the adequate supply of protein in the body. Protein is a vital part of every living tissue and shrimps are excellent sources of this mineral.
3. Prevents anemia (Vitamin B12 – 25%)
Vitamin B12 supports the production of red blood cells and help prevent pernicious anemia.
4. Boosts energy (Iron – 17%)
Fatigue and weakness may indicate low levels of iron in the body. Iron is an essential nutrient needed for energy and vitality.
5. Builds strong bones (Phosphorous – 14%)
These crustaceans are loaded with phosphorus. Calcium and phosphorus are the two chief nutrients which work closely together to build strong bones and teeth.
6. Helps process fats (Vitamin B3 – 13%)
Niacin helps process fats, carbohydrates and protein and turns it into energy. Shrimps can provide a good amount of this essential vitamin.
7. Fights depression (Omega-3 Fatty Acids – 347 mg)
Just like fish, shrimps can also supply omega-3 fatty acids. Study participants have shown that omega-3’s offer powerful protection against depression and may help improve mood to those who are already suffering from the disorder.
8. Promotes prostate health (Zinc – 10%)
Preliminary studies have shown that zinc slows down prostate cancer cell growth. Eating shrimps will add to the body’s zinc supply which is recommended at 10-15 mg.
9. Keeps thyroid healthy (Copper – 10%)
Shrimps can contribute to thyroid health through its supply of copper. Copper deficiency has been linked to hypothyroidism.
10. Stabilizes blood sugar levels (Magnesium – 8%)
These scrumptious seafoods are also good sources of magnesium, which studies suggest can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes
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