4 Reasons to Add Shrimp to Your Diet

As a True Health Clinical Health Consultant, I’m often asked “Is it okay to eat shrimp if I have high cholesterol?” The answer is yes! First thing’s first—all things in moderation. So should you eat shrimp every day? Probably not. But there are in fact wonderful benefits to eating shrimp in moderation. Here are my top 4 reasons:

  1. Shrimp is low in calories and total fat. It has about 1.5 grams of fat per serving with almost no saturated fat at all. One medium shrimp offers about 7 calories, which means a dozen shrimp add up to fewer than 85 calories!
  2. It’s packed with protein. In fact, 3 ounces of baked or broiled shrimp delivers about 20 grams of protein.
  3. Though it contains cholesterol, like all animal proteins do, it will not necessarily affect your cholesterol. Check out our blog on eggs to learn more.
  4. It contains two key antioxidants. Selenium is an important antioxidant that helps combat harmful particles called free radicals, which damage cell membranes and DNA. It also contains another antioxidant called astaxanthin, which gives shrimp its color and has been shown to help decrease inflammation. [source]

So how do you start adding shrimp into your diet? Try a simple recipe, like this marinated lime shrimp appetizer, or some shrimp zoodles parmesan for two.

Let me know your favorite way to eat shrimp by tweeting me at @THD_JodyD

True Health Clinical Health Consultant Jody Drange, RD, CDE, ACSM EP-C C

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