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Shrimp, A Low Calorie Nutritious Food

Author : Pius Deeb

Many people believe that shrimp is a high fat, unhealthy food. This couldn't be further from the truth. The origin of this misconception is shrimp's high cholesterol content, and because of that many doctors used to advise people and especially the ones with high cholesterol to avoid it. Nonetheless, today most health professionals agree that the cholesterol we consume through the diet has a minimal effect on blood cholesterol levels.

Additionally, just because a food has high cholesterol it doesn't mean that it is a high fat food as well. Actually, shrimp has very little fat, just about 1 gram per every 100grams of raw shrimp. Shrimp's low fat content, also means that it provides very few calories as well, just about 70 calories per 100grams. If all that isn't enough, shrimp is practically carbohydrate free and a good source of protein. Taking all of the above into account it is easy to conclude that shrimp is an ideal food for practically any diet, including low carb diets.

Of course, good diets are not just about calories. They should also be nutritious and well balanced. As a result being a low calorie food is not necessarily the only attribute we are looking for in diet foods. Don't worry, shrimp is also a food that will provide you with a number of essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and even n-3 fatty acids.

Shrimp is a great source of selenium and Vitamin B12. Selenium is a trace mineral that is needed for the formation of antioxidant enzymes in the body that fight free radicals. It is also important for the regulation of the thyroid gland and the good function of the immune system. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin of the B complex that has numerous important functions in the human body including, normal function of the nervous system, synthesis of DNA and red blood cells. Furthermore, shrimp consumption provides the human body with others nutrients including niacin, zinc, iron, and phosphorus, all of which are essential for the good function of the human body.

It is obvious that shrimp is a healthier choice than most people think. Of course this statement is true only when shrimp is cooked in a healthy way. It goes without saying that fried shrimp is no longer a low fat, low fat food.

According to all the facts above, shrimp is definitely a food any dieter should consider adding into his diet plan. There is no real reason to avoid unless we have a high cholesterol problem and our doctor has advised us avoid it, but complete avoidance is rarely, if ever justified.

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