Shrimps are an excellent source of protein and a great way to add iron, zinc and vitamin E to your regimen. As a bonus, shrimps have very little fat, virtually no saturated fat and, like all seafood, they are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated fats that have a range of health benefits.
These valuable fats lower triglyceride levels and have shown benefits for heart health. The omega 3 content in shrimps is an average of 120mg/100g – double the minimum standard of 60 mg/100g required by food standards authorities to grant foods with the official label of “good source of omega 3 fatty acids”.
To quell the myth that eating shrimps will increase your cholesterol levels, many nutritionists have released reports to assure the public that shrimps have virtually no saturated fat, as long as you have them grilled, barbequed, steamed or cooked with a good unsaturated fat like olive oil.