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Eat shrimps and watch your health risks shrink

I love seafood – especially shrimps! Though small, shrimps are anything but small in their nutrient density. An excellent source of selenium, the shrimp is low in fat and a dense source of low-calorie protein.

Just 112g of shrimps supplies 23.7 grams of protein which is about 47.4 percent of the daily value for protein and less than a gram of fat! For a mere 28kcals, the shrimp is sure loaded with protein.

Many people are confused about the fat and cholesterol content of shrimp while some people have simply avoided eating shrimps precisely because of its high cholesterol content. Like I said earlier, shrimps are very low in total fat, yet it has high cholesterol content, about 200 milligrams in 12 large boiled shrimps.

But interestingly, the good news is that while shrimps can raise LDL levels (bad cholesterol), it also raises the HDL levels (good cholesterol) by a higher amount! In addition it also lowers the levels of triglycerides in the blood. So you simply do not have to avoid eating shrimps.

Shrimp are also a good source of cardio-protective omega-3 fatty acids, noted for their anti-inflammatory effects and ability to prevent the formation of blood clots. Studies have shown that individuals whose diets provide greater amounts of omega-3 fats have lower blood pressure than those who consume less. Omega-3 fats have also been found to greatly reduce risk of colorectal cancer.

High in selenium, you cannot overemphasize the importance of the shrimp Just a 100g of shrimps provides about 64.2 47.4 percent  of the daily value for this trace mineral.

Selenium has been shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells and induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells. This trace mineral has also been shown to induce the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells. Also, selenium is incorporated at the active site of many proteins, including glutathione peroxidase, which is particularly important for cancer protection.

It is worthy to note that shrimp contain purines which are naturally-occurring substances found in plants, animals, and humans. When purines break down, they form uric acid and in effect excess accumulation of purines in the body can lead to excess accumulation of uric acid. Individuals with gout or kidney stones which are formed from uric acid may want to limit or avoid intake of shrimps.

Take time to boil your shrimps well as boiling may lower the chances of allergic response. The shrimp is also a very good source of vitamin B12, iron, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, copper and magnesium.


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