Yummy Crustaceans

  • 04 Nov - 10 Nov, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
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Nutritional Profile

Prawns provides 105 calories per 100gms; 20g of protein, 0.9g of carbohydrates, 151mg of cholestrol, 470mg of sodium, 1.7gms of fat and 183mg of potassium.

Interesting facts

· To attract fish, cleaning shrimps wave their white antennae and do a little dance. Several shrimp species, known as cleaners, safely venture inside the open mouths of fish to remove bloodsucking parasites.

· Coral shrimps in the Indo-Pacific live exclusively in association with corals, dining on their host's mucus and protecting the coral from predators.

· Snapping shrimps make louder sounds than any other marine animals, producing a noise with their claws that is greater than a gunshot or jet engine. Navy submarines sometimes hide in beds of snapping shrimp to disguise their location from sonar detection.

· There are over 2,000 different shrimp species spread out all over the world.

· Shrimps are omnivorous. They typically consume microscopic plant and animal matter by filtering the water around them or sifting through the ocean floor. Certain types of shrimp also catch and eat small fish.

Health facts

· Shrimps are a very low-calorie food which means you can eat quite a few without feeling guilty. They also have a lot of protein in them and are particularly good for you when served with healthy carbs, like brown rice or vegetables.

· Having shrimps regularly might help reduce your risk of developing cancer, as they contain a cancer-fighting mineral called selenium, an antioxidant that activates enzymes to fight the growth of cancer-causing free radicals.

· Shrimps contain Omega-3 fatty acids that support heart health by potentially reducing your blood triglyceride level.

· Shrimps provide you with significant amounts of vitamins B-12, B-6 and niacin. These vitamins aid your body in producing energy, manufacturing red blood cells and maintaining normal nerve function.

· Prawns are also rich in iron, a mineral your body requires to produce red blood cells and oxygen-carrying muscle proteins. Other important minerals in prawns include zinc and selenium, that promote healthy functioning of your immune system, and copper, magnesium and phosphorus, that aid in numerous metabolic processes and help you maintain strong bones.