25.03.2021

10 Benefits Of Shrimp As A Snack

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Shrimps are the absolute crowd-favorite and one of the most consumed seafood. They add a welcomed meatiness and sea-saltiness to any dish. You can have them as shrimp curry for meals or shrimp chips for snacks. A treasure trove for vitamins, shrimp snack is packed with various health benefits. Boiled, steamed, fried, sauteed, or dried shrimp for garnish, there are no wrong ways to eat them. Not only are shrimps rich in a variety of essential vitamins and proteins, but are also low in calories. Therefore, they are a preferred choice for those looking to eat healthier.

Though these are just some of the benefits of shrimps, here are more reasons why shrimp snack is considered a superfood.

1. Provides Protein To The Diet

In 3-ounce (85 gms) shrimps, there is 90% protein! If you are looking to add lean protein for muscle gain (which is also low on calories) go for shrimps.

2. Offers Vital Nutrients

Today, deficiency of vitamins like D and B12 is frequently detected. Increasing the intake of shrimps can help those who lack essential vitamins and nutrients.

3. Helps To Lose Weight

Shrimps are high in protein and have zero fat. Every 3.5 ounce (100 gm) of cooked shrimp has only 99 calories. Thus making it ideal for weight-conscious people, who are seeking a low-calorie diet.

4. Reduces Menstrual Pain

Stored with omega-3 fatty acids, shrimps ensure a healthier blood flow to the reproductive organ to ease menstrual pain.

5. Controls Blood Pressure

Sodium is a leading cause of hypertension, and unlike other seafood, shrimps are low in it. A 3.5 ounce (100 grams) has only 4% sodium, making it a sought-after food for controlling BP.

6. Aids In Maintaining Blood Sugar

The no-carb benefits of shrimps will maintain the blood sugar, and at the same time, give you long-term energy.

7. Caters To Good Cholesterol

It is a proven fact that there are good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. The good ones are high in lipoprotein, which removes other forms of cholesterol to lower the risk of heart diseases. For those looking for sources of good cholesterol, consider shrimps.

8. Improves Health Of The Heart

Omega-3 fats, potassium, iron, magnesium, and healthy cholesterol in shrimps work together to control artery stress.

9. Strengthens Bones

Calcium and magnesium are linked to increased bone density. And, guess what? Shrimps got those too!

10. Contains Antioxidants

Shrimp consists of an antioxidant known as Astaxanthin. It is also high in potassium that is perfect for water retention. This helps to remove the harmful toxins in human bodies.

How To Add Shrimp To Your Diet?

If you are looking to introduce shrimps to your diet without compromising on your busy schedule, here are a bunch of quick shrimp snacks and recipe ideas for you to try.

  • Shrimp Chips: Switch regular potato chips that are high in sodium to low-carb shrimp chips. Let your taste buds travel with these chips.
  • Shrimp Curry: Popular in several parts of the world, shrimp curries are famous in the Indian, Japanese, Chinese, European, and Mexican cuisines.
  • Dried Shrimp: Add a fun crunch and meaty taste by using it for garnishing. You can also enjoy the delectable flavor of shrimp with The Inca Trail’s Dried Shrimps.

The umami flavor of shrimps undoubtedly elevates the savory deliciousness of your meal. Make sure to try the tempting and rare Ecuadorian dried shrimps, which are raised with care and safety by experts organically. Now that you know the benefits of shrimp snack, go ahead and order these lip-smacking treats!

References:

  1. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4174/2
  2. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/)
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4575962/pdf/nrp-9-496.pdf
  4. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.CIR.0000154555.07002.CA
  5. https://www.jmolpat.com/abstract/antioxidant-effects-of-astaxanthin-in-various-diseasesa-review-48193.html

 

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