I love oxymorons. Like “act naturally,” “new classic,” or “huge shrimp.” Speaking of huge shrimp, have you heard the huge shrimp myth that the second most popular seafood in America is unhealthy? Let’s just go ahead and debunk that one right now.
It turns out that while shrimp is high in cholesterol, it is very low in saturated fat. Most foods that are high in cholesterol are also high in saturated fat which is one main reason we are advised to steer clear of high cholesterol foods. However, in a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the percent increase of LDL (bad cholesterol) from shrimp consumption was lower than the percent increase of HDL (good cholesterol) resulting in no significant alteration of total cholesterol. Translation? Moderate shrimp consumption is not bad for your health! Rather, it is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium (which has been found to decrease cancer incidence).
“Now, then…” hopefully this helps shed light on the “clearly misunderstood” health benefits of shrimp.