Is Shrimp For Breakfast Healthy?
Shrimp is a common breakfast feature in several Asian households and the proponents of “Seafood Diet” recommend consuming a variety of seafood proteins in every meal of the day. However, is it healthy to start one's day with shrimps, especially when it is famously known for its high cholesterol content and probable mercury content? This article probes at the various pros and cons of these little crustaceans to arrive at an answer…
Breakfast shrimps usually prepared from raw or canned varieties. Here is the nutritional breakup of each variety…
Shrimps are a rich source of calcium and a serving of mixed variety shrimps can provide up to 15% of RDA values for Calcium.
Health benefits of eating Shrimp for breakfast:
Shrimp being a good source of tryptophan, promotes the production of neurotransmitter proteins like serotonin. These proteins help to elevate mood and act as natural stress busters. Having shrimp for breakfast helps start the day with a good mood.
·Morning energy booster
Shrimps are a good source of iron and vitamin B12. These nutrients are responsible for maintaining the oxygen levels in the body. Healthy morning dose of these vitamins allows one to be fresh, energized and vitalized through the day.
·Keeps osteoporosis at bay
These crustaceans are a good source of phosphorus, which along with calcium is responsible for the upkeep of bones and teeth. A healthy dose of shrimps in the morning ensures optimum absorption of the minerals and helps maintain bone health.
·Prevents cancer and diabetes
Shrimp is a rich source of selenium – an important antioxidant, which prevents aging and free radical damage of the cells. This in turn keeps cancer risk away. The magnesium in these crustaceans is responsible for preventing type 2 diabetes.
Even though, shrimp are a healthy fruit, excess consumption can lead to several side effects. One needs to be aware of these before including this fruit regularly in their breakfast…
·It is not a complete food
For a food to qualify as complete food, the 3 proximate principles must be present in the correct ratio, which is not the case with shrimp. They do not provide any carbohydrates or dietary fibers.
·Risk of contaminants
Shrimp feed on the dead debris found on the ocean/sea bed. As a result, the quality of this scrumptious seafood is highly dependent upon the percent pollutants in the area. Given the high levels of pollution in most water bodies these days, shrimps can be a major source of mercury and PCB contamination.
Shellfish allergy is very common and symptoms can range from simple itching with skin rash to fatal anaphylactic attacks. Since, there are no known cures for shrimp allergy, the only way to prevent symptoms is to restrict this seafood completely.
·Can cause acne
Certain compounds in shrimps irritate the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, triggering secretion of excess sebum. This in turn, clogs the skin pores and results in acne.
To sum it up, shrimp is not without virtues; however, a lot depends upon the source of the shrimps. While organic shrimps are good source of several nutrients rarely found in the same combination in other foods, there are varieties that come from questionable sources and can be high in mercury and other contaminants. Hence, it is preferable to treat breakfast shrimp as an occasional luxury.
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