SHRIMPS NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT
- No Glycemic Index (GI) Rating / Glycemic Load: As shrimp contain no carbohydrates, their Glycemic Index rating is 0.
- Shrimp are relatively low in calories, with 1 gramme of shrimp containing 1 calorie (1 ounce of shrimp, or 28 grammes, therefore contains only 28 calories).
- Shrimp are made almost entirely of protein and water, but they do contain some fat and cholesterol, too.
- Vitamins & Minerals: Shrimp are supercharged with vitamin B12 and selenium. In addition, they provide a fair amount of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, sodium (salt), zinc and copper. Surprisingly, they also contain some vitamin C.
- Loaded with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, shrimp are an excellent, carbohydrate-free food for anyone determined to shed off pounds. Zinc supplementation of zinc deficient subjects has been shown to increase the levels of circulating leptin. Leptin is a hormone that plays a key role in regulating the body’s energy expenditure, fat storage, and appetite. Insufficient leptin levels are believed to be the primary cause of food cravings, overeating, and obsession with food. The iodine in shrimp is good for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland which controls the basal metabolic rate, or the rate at which the body consumes energy at rest. Iodine deficiency can result in sluggish thyroid activity which in turn can lead to weight gain or hinder weight loss.
- Shrimp contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives them their pink colour and that can act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature ageing. Also, the omega-3 fatty acids in shrimp provide antioxidant protection. Shrimp plays an important role in the production of new cells (including hair cells and skin cells). It also helps maintain the oil-secreting glands on the scalp that keep hair shiny. In addition, shrimp are a good source of copper which can help prevent hair loss, contribute to hair thickness, and intensify hair colour.
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