Monday, November 10, 2008

I Love Shrimp

I have a very vivid memory from summer vacation when I was about 10 years old when my grandparents took me to Captain D's for all you can eat peel-and-eat shrimp. We walked in and my grandfather asked the cashier if he was sure they should charge me the kid's price because he knew how much I loved shrimp. The cashier laughed of course, but 80-something shrimp later I bet they wished they had charged more!

Emma loves them too, although she's gravitated towards the fried variety. Certainly it's unhealthy to consume anything in incredible amounts, but besides the huge quantity it's always been my assumption that there was something that was unhealthy about shrimp (well, at least since I've been old enough to think about such things). Kinda like eggs I guess... they're good for you to eat occasionally, but most people will tell you that eating a three-egg omelet every morning will do you in. Well, I'm not sure I agree with that either, but I digress. Anyway, I was surprised that I hadn't been let in on the secret that eating shrimp is actually quite healthy! For a truly unbiased source, check out the USDA. Shrimp has an incredible amount of protein with no carbs and almost no fat. The only negative is the cholesterol... but compare it to eggs and you've really got a winner.

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Egg has a cholesterol-to-protein ratio of .034:1, while shrimp is .01:1. Case closed, and I didn't even do ratio for fat!
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In case you're wondering, lobster and crab are in the same boat (no pun intended), although some varieties of crab can have a good deal of sodium. Shrimp does seem to have the greatest concentration of protein though!

1 Lonely Comment:

Unknown said...

I am going to make a Chad comment

Of course the "shrimp" loves shrimp!!!

J/k babe! I love you