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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Shrimp


Shrimp packs a wallop of protein (18 grams per 3 ounce serving), and with only 83 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving, it is healthy and so delicious.
Shrimp is also a nutritious alternative to other meat proteins. Shrimp is an excellent source of selenium. Selenium is an essential trace mineral in the human body. This nutrient is an important part of antioxidant enzymes that protect cells against the effects of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism. The body has developed defenses such as antioxidants to control levels of free radicals because they can damage cells and contribute to the development of some chronic diseases. Selenium is also essential for normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland. Mounting evidence suggests a link-between selenium intake and reduced risk of cancer. Shrimp also has emerged as a very good source of vitamin D and vitamin B12.

Worried that shrimp is to expensive? Skip the fish counter and buy it frozen - you will be able to get good quality shrimp cheaper and shrimp thaws quickly so it can be ready to use in no time, plus it keeps much longer.

For more information and great recipes check out EATShrimp.com

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