Prawns are a rich source of selenium, one of the most effective antioxidants at maintaining healthy cells. They also contain high levels of Zinc, which is important to develop a healthy immune system. Eating prawns helps build strong bones because they contain phosphorous, copper, and magnesium.
While prawns contain higher than average amounts of cholesterol, they do not lead to higher cholesterol levels in the body due to their healthy fat profile. This is because they contain almost three times more Omega 3 Fatty Acids than they do Omega 6 Fatty Acid. Studies have shown that foods with high amounts of Omega 3 are associated with reduced risk of heart attacks and lower blood pressure.
Here is an overview of the nutrients in a 3-ounce (85-gram) serving of shrimp (1):
• Calories: 84
• Protein: 18 grams
• Selenium: 48% of the RDI
• Vitamin B12: 21% of the RDI
• Iron: 15% of the RDI
• Phosphorus: 12% of the RDI
• Niacin: 11% of the RDI
• Zinc: 9% of the RDI
• Magnesium: 7% of the RDI
Shrimp is also one of the best food sources of iodine, an important mineral that many people are deficient in. Iodine is required for proper thyroid function and brain health
It is important to note that a small percentage of people have a strong allergy to prawns,
Despite the health benefits of shrimp, there are some concerns about the quality of farm-raised shrimp, such as potential contamination with antibiotic