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Is eating shrimp healthy?

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For most people, shrimp is healthy to eat. However, people with shellfish allergies can have negative reactions from eating shrimp, which range from minor to very severe.

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Shrimp does have a high cholesterol content, but for most people, dietary cholesterol is not damaging to their health, according to cardiologist Dariush Mozaffarian. Shrimp also have a naturally high amount of sodium, which can be damaging for people who are sensitive to sodium due to health issues. If a sodium sensitivity is present, it is recommended to avoid salting shrimp when cooking.

Shrimp is considered a lean protein, meaning it has very little fat. There are almost 20 grams of protein in a serving of shrimp, which is around 3 ounces. Shrimp also provide selenium, zinc copper and various vitamins, including B12, A and E. Zinc and copper help improve physical health, such as giving people healthier skin and thicker hair that is less prone to thinning.

A person can easily be tested for a shellfish allergy to see if shrimp is a dietary option. Those who are allergic can experience dizziness, shock and a swollen throat. Since there is no cure, it is important for people who suffer this allergy to avoid shrimp.

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