Expert opinion from Carolina Castro

PhD Candidate (Health Services), Post Graduate Functional Clinical Nutrition, Bachelor's Degree Nutrition and Dietetics · 7 years of experience · Australia

Moderate intake of shrimps is safe and health, it a good protein source, however excessive consumption can be harmful and cause allergies and infections due to shrimp contamination with pesticide residues or pathogens resistant to antibiotics, such as E coli.

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Expert opinion from Victoria Andrews

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics · 1 years of experience · Australia

Shrimp can definitely be a healthy food to include in the diet, however, portion size should be monitored as it is easy to overconsume. Shrimp is high in several vitamins and minerals, particularly, choline, selenium and vitamin B12, which can be difficult to attain through other foods. Shrimp is also a good source of protein, containing heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Shrimp naturally is high in cholesterol, however, when eaten in moderation and in conjunction with a healthy diet, should see no significant effects to cholesterol levels.

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Expert opinion from Cate F Keen

Bachelor of Health Science (Food & Nutrition) · 2 years of experience · Australia

Shrimp is very nutrient dense and low in calories, at only 99 calories per 100g. They are a great source of selenium, iron, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, choline and vitamin B12. Shrimp contains minimal carbohydrates and low saturated fat, and most of the energy is derived from protein, which is approximately 15g per 84g serve. Shrimp does contain cholesterol but this has shown to be an insignificant factor in elevating blood cholesterol, this is because our liver will actively produce less cholesterol if we are consuming more in our diet. The omega 3 fatty acids that are also present in shrimp actively help to promote heart and brain health.

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