Posted October 13, 2015
Shrimp is a terrific addition to a healthy diet. If you are following a low-carbohydrate diet, you can be confident that this shellfish contains only trace amounts of carbs. One method of preparing shrimp, breading and frying it, increases the amount of carbohydrates, but this amount still varies based on how much breading is used.
While shrimp can be high in sodium with around 805 milligrams for 3 ounces, this is much less of a concern for individuals who do not suffer from high blood pressure. Even for those who do, it is well below the daily limit of 1,500 milligrams. Furthermore, shrimp contains several rare but essential minerals.
Shrimp may seem to have a high cholesterol content than many other foods, but it is mostly high-density lipoprotein or HDL, also known as “good” cholesterol. Furthermore, it is a low-calorie food, and it contains beneficial omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are healthy for the brain and the overall immune system.
Shrimp is high in protein as well. A serving of about four shrimp has 20 grams of protein and all the necessary amino acids. The amount of protein you need daily is based on your weight and activity level, but it starts at roughly .4 grams per pound and increases for active individuals.
Thankfully, you don’t have to search too far to get your shrimp fix. Restaurants like Lamoraga Restaurant have several delicious shrimp dishes on both its lunch and dinner menu including Andalusian garlic shrimp and basil-wrapped shrimp. Other dishes such as seafood paella may include shrimp. Many of these dishes are prepared in the healthiest manner such as through grilling, steaming, sautéing and baking. Diners can look forward to enjoying a meal that is healthy as well as delicious by including shrimp in their selection.