Treating all the shrimp is a painstaking task that requires a lot of patience and that is why some people even neglect the whole process of cleaning the crustacean. But, can eating shrimp without treating it properly harm your health?
In an interview with iBahia portal, nutritionist at Emeg clinic, Lua Ferrari, explained if the shrimp should be treated before being eaten, how the cleaning should be done and what are the benefits of eating the seafood. Check out:Is eating shrimp untreated is bad for your health?
Yes! The gut, black line inside the shrimp is a viscera of the crustacean and must be removed before cooking. It is believed to have leftover sand and a concentration of lead and cadmium (both inside and in the shell). Cadmium tends to accumulate in the body, especially in the kidneys and livers, for an estimated 10 to 20 years. For this reason, it is important to treat the crustacean.
You don’t need to avoid eating shrimp if you are not allergic to it. It is a very nutritionally rich food and as long as the correct cleaning is done, the risk is minimal.
How to know if the shrimp is good to buy?
Raw shrimp should be semi-transparent, firm and with a little shine, without any noticeable odor.
How to choose the product and how to store them in the best way?
When choosing the shrimp, it must be refrigerated between 0 and 3 ° C. Cooked shrimp must be eaten within 5 to 7 days if properly packaged in the refrigerator. In the freezer, they last around 6 months if well packaged.
Do you have any tips for removing the ‘gut’?
You can remove the gut from the medium and large prawns. Small shrimp is almost impossible. You don’t necessarily have to remove your head. If you withdraw, you can make wonderful sauces with it. Even, the head and the shell are rich in omega 3 and proteins.
To remove the gut by removing the shell: remove the head and then pull the “legs” of the shrimp by removing the shell holding the tail. Then, with the help of a sharp knife, cut the length of the shrimp and remove the gut with the knife itself or with the help of a toothpick.
To remove the gut keeping the shell: remove the head of the shrimp, make the cut in the length of it with a very sharp knife (keeping the shell) and with the aid of a toothpick remove the gut. You can remove the “legs” easily, opening a space with the bark.
Then just wash well under running water and prepare to taste.
What are the benefits of shrimp?
It is a seafood product that contains glucosamine, a substance that slows down the wear and tear of the joints. It has a protein of high biological value, that is, complete protein that contains all the amino acids that the body needs. In addition, it is an excellent source of vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin D and E) and minerals (calcium, zinc, potassium and iodine).
These vitamins and minerals are linked to several important metabolisms in the body, including those that operate in the prevention of neurological diseases, in the recovery of injuries and in the strengthening of the immune system.
Crustaceans are a great source of omega 3 which is a very important fat that helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and high blood pressure. The two methods of preparation most suitable for preserving the most beneficial properties are in steam or in the oven.
Lua Ferrari – Nutritionist – CRN BA 16.091
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