Why Wild American Shrimp Scores High On Nutrition

How does wild American shrimp compare to farm-raised shrimp? What about the wild tiger shrimp, can American shrimp beat this popular type of shrimp in its flavor profile? Read on to find out why wild American shrimp scores high on nutrition and flavor.

April 20, 2012 by  Jennifer Boukather

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Shrimp has gotten a bad rap in the past for its high levels of cholesterol; however, this is a huge misconception if fact wild American shrimp is all the rave for many types of diets. It is important to remember that shrimp do fall in the shellfish family and as a whole some shellfish are on the high side when looking at their cholesterol; but shrimp is not one of them. South Beach and the Atkins diet are among the top two diets that suggest consuming wild shrimp at least twice a week due to its incredible nutritional values and low calories.  How does wild American shrimp compare to farm-raised shrimp? What about the wild tiger shrimp, can American shrimp beat this popular type of shrimp in its flavor profile?  Read on to find out why wild American shrimp scores high on nutrition and flavor.

Nutritional facts for wild American shrimp

For every 4 oz. of wild shrimp the calories are incredibly low; if it is steamed, baked, or poached.  There is only 100g of calories, 170mg cholesterol, and 166mb of sodium; wild shrimp packs a mighty protein punch for this 4 oz. serving at 23g and only has one carb.  No wonder low carb diets suggest eating shrimp as a great source of protein and to maintain a healthy weight. This protein content is the same as consuming a half of cup of legumes but with no carbs to count, and with shrimp cooking so fast, it is a great alternative to any packaged snack.

Other super star nutrition facts for wild American shrimp

Amino acids or tryptophan are what helps stabilize our moods and regulate our sleeping patterns; this is why shrimp is recommended for those starting out on a diet. Most people who drastically change their eating habits; like omitting sugar and alcohol, they can suffer severe mood swings and insomnia due to the body withdrawing from these two toxins. When a dieter consumes a high protein –low carb diet they will see instant results as long as they steer clear from these two foods; shrimp has a sweet and chewy essence that can also help curve sugar cravings.  With high levels of Vitamin B12; shrimp included in a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease, help those who suffer anemia, and can improve the functions of the brain.  Shrimp also contains a recognizable source of poly fats or one of the good fats that aid in heart health and the fight against certain cancers.

What does wild American shrimp taste like?

Depending on where they are caught; wild American shrimp contain a unique and detectable flavor when compared to farm-raised and foreign ones.  “You are what you eat” comes to mind when they are caught from wild waters; the flavors are determined by the saltiness of the ocean, water temperature and what the shrimp eat in different regions.  North Carolina’s shrimp may taste a little sweeter when compared to the Pacific coast shrimp; which tend to be more salty. Look for shiny shells when buying shrimp; you want the flesh to be firm and the smell should remind you of a fresh morning on the coast.  Shrimp should not smell fishy or have an “off” flavor.

Wild versus farm

The best and most nutritious foods are self-sustainable in Mother Nature’s whole biological scheme. If the year provides havoc weather conditions; then the production of certain foods and animals may not be as ample that year.

Instead of creating a mock environment to push the sales and consumption; consumers should turn to what nature is offering that year. Shrimp farms are actually a threat to the natural order of certain wetlands, forests, and coastlines.
Farmed raised shrimp will need twice as much processed feed as those who live in the wild; which in turn depletes the food for the wild.  Foreign shrimp farms have been connected with polluting the local water source due to the mass amount of by-waste farm raised shrimp produce.

Most consumers may not know that there is an expiration date to farmed shrimp.  The mock environment only can supply about two years’ worth of shrimp; after that disease and pollution begin to deform and infect the shrimp.  Farmers abandon the contaminated waters and move to a new area without proper disposal of the last spot; other wildlife come here and will get infected as a result; not to mention natural vegetation that once thrived will most likely not return.

Some farms argue that they supply jobs for the community; however it takes less man power to run a farm shrimp than it does to catch wild shrimp.  
Farm raised shrimp have also been linked to causing health problems in consumers due to the unsanitary conditions they farm in; these are the shrimp that cause heart disease and health issues.

Go Green Go Wild

The most popular trend on a global level is to “go green”; meaning taking a conscious effort how you can reserve your carbon footprint.  Go wild when choosing your shrimp; not to mention stay local; if everyone practices self-sustainability at least 20% more a day; we could reduce our footprint by 45% on a global level a year.   

Growing up in the Northwest, wild American shrimp has been a huge influence on my culinary arts profession. As a chef, wild caught fish is incredibly flavorful and contains great nutrition. Fresh and organic foods are the true path to self-sustainability living.

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