Shrimp cocktail is on practically every holiday menu. But, it’s also a great food to eat year round. If you’re a seafood eater and you enjoy these crustaceans, either chilled or in hot dishes, here are the facts on shrimp.

Nutritional Benefits

  • We don’t usually think about seafood as a source of antioxidants, but shrimp features at least three unique antioxidants in its nutrient composition: the xanthophyll carotenoid called astaxanthin, and the minerals selenium and copper.
  • At nearly 26 grams per 4-ounce serving, shrimp are a high-quality protein source that can help us maintain and build muscle mass, while also keeping us full throughout the day.
  • Four ounces of shrimp provides about 325 -375 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, including about 50% EPA and 50% DHA.
    • In addition to this great mixture of omega-3s, shrimp also provides an unusual omega-3:omega-6 ratio of approximately 1:1.
      • This low omega 6 ratio is associated with decreased risk of many chronic diseases—including obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

Best Ways to Use

  • Combine chopped shrimp with chopped scallions, tomatoes, diced chili peppers, garlic, lemon juice, and a little olive oil. Season to taste and serve this fragrant shrimp salad on a bed of romaine lettuce.
  • Serve cold cooked shrimp with salsa dip.
  • Cut up cooked shrimp and add it to vegetable soups.
  • Shrimp is a great fish to grill on the barbecue.
  • Make a quick, easy and healthy version of pasta puttanesca by adding cooked shrimp to spicy pasta sauce and serve over whole wheat noodles.