Shrimp Nutrition Tips

Shrimp are low in calories

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States, but did you know about the health benefits?. One large 21/25 count wild caught american shrimp provides about 7 calories, which means a dozen shrimp add up to less than 85 calories which is roughly 15 calories less than a 3-ounce chicken breast (about the size of your hand in thickness and width). One jumbo shrimp, the type often served in shrimp cocktail, contains about 14 calories, and a teaspoon of cocktail sauce provides 5, so three jumbo shrimp, each with a teaspoon of cocktail sauce as an appetizer, adds up to less than 60 calories, which makes for a prefect low calorie snack.

Shrimp are a great source for lean protein

Shrimp are primarily made of lean protein. If we don’t get enough protein in our regular diet our health and body composition can suffer. According to research, the DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound. Three ounces or half a dozen baked or boiled shrimp provides about 20 grams of protein and the average person only needs 56 grams per day based on a sedentary lifestyle. Each jumbo 16/20 count wild caught american shrimp provides about 3 grams, and contains very little fat and carbohydrates.

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