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The Latest News About Shrimp

Shrimp are crustaceans (just like lobsters and crabs) and they belong to a category of living things called arthropods. Many people ask about the way shrimp sizes (small, medium, large, jumbo) are determined. While there is no precise method typically used for shrimp sizing, count per pound is the most common method used with small being about 60 shrimp per pound, medium being 50 per pound, large being 40 per pound, and jumbo being 30 per pound.

Please note that we have placed shrimp on our "10 Most Controversial WHFoods List." This list was created to let you know that even though some foods (like shrimp) can make an outstanding contribution to your meal plan, they are definitely not for everyone. Shrimp can be difficult to find in high-quality form; can be more commonly associated with adverse reactions than other foods; and can present more challenges to our food supply in terms of sustainability. Coming soon we will present more detailed information about the "10 Most Controversial WHFoods List" on our website.

What's New and Beneficial About Shrimp

Health Benefits

Shrimp provide numerous health benefits including:

For more details on shrimp's health benefits, see this section of our shrimp write-up.

Nutritional Profile

Shrimp is an unusual source of the xanthophyll carotenoid called astaxanthin. It's also an excellent source of protein and selenium. This shellfish is a very good source of heart-healthy vitamin B12 and a good source of energy-promoting iron, phosphorus, and niacin; anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids; immune-supportive zinc; and bone-healthy copper and magnesium.

For more on this nutrient-rich seafood, including references related to this Latest News, see our write-up on shrimp.