All About Shrimp
According to Health.com, shrimp is a healthy part of one’s diet. Did YOU know it is recommended to eat seafood twice a week? Shrimp has become the most common shellfish eaten in the United States today, but did you know that is has numerous health benefits that make it not only fairly inexpensive, but good for you too?
Shrimp is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, vitamin B3, zinc, iron, and calcium. It is also a great source of protein with a relatively small amount of fat. All of these characteristics of shrimp lead to it’s numerous health benefits.
Shrimp does a lot of good things for your body that you might not even know about! Shrimp has the ability to help with weight loss and prevention against cancer. Heal With Food says that shrimp can help regulate the body’s energy expenditure, fat storage, and appetite, thus helping with weight loss. Shrimp is also full of antioxidants that not only boost the immune system, but also help keep eyes, skin, hair, and internal organs healthy. It has also been known to prevent cardiovascular problems. The calcium in shrimp can strengthen teeth and bones, preventing osteoporosis. Iron can help blood flow, including to the brain, which decreases inflammation and improves memory. Tufts University posits that shrimp also has almost no mercury, making it safe for women who are pregnant, along with children.
Shrimp in Your Diet
Shrimp has the most health benefits when grilled, steamed, or sautéed, as opposed to fried. Some suggestions from Heal With Food include risotto with shrimp, salads with shrimp, or shrimp omelets. Here at STONEFIRE, we like our Lemon Garlic Shrimp from the grill! We coat our shrimp in lemon, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, and parsley, throw it on the grill, and them serve it over quinoa. Bon appétit!