With its low calorie content — a generous 6-ounce portion provides just 202 calories — shrimp is a smart addition to calorie- and health-conscious diets. It’s also relatively low in mercury, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, the American Heart Association notes that you can consume up to 6 ounces of cooked fish, shellfish and poultry daily. Shrimp offers several nutritional advantages as a result of its protein, vitamin and mineral content, but consuming shrimp also has its disadvantages.
Shrimp serves as an excellent source of lean protein. Each 6-ounce portion provides 39 grams of protein — a significant amount toward the 46 grams recommended daily for women and 56 grams for men. Add shrimp to your diet and you’ll boost your intake of zinc and selenium, two minerals your cells need for the activation of enzymes, proteins that help your cells perform chemical reactions.
Consuming shrimp also has some disadvantages that could affect your cardiovascular health: shrimp is high in sodium and cholesterol. It is therefore more prudent to eat shrimp only in small portions, occasionally.