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Does Shrimp Have Omega-3?


Important!

ANSWER:

Shrimp DOES have omega-3.


More Info: Shrimp is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Additional sources of omega-3 fatty acids from your seafood aisle include clams, tuna, salmon, sardines, halibut, trout, herring, cod, and catfish.  Not a seafood lover? You can still get omega-3 naturally from spinach, walnuts, and flaxseed and canola oil.

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Mercury versus Omega-3

An interesting study conducted by researchers from Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Marine Science set out to determine the appropriate amounts of fish and shellfish to safely consume based on omega-3 content in relation to mercury content.  They determined that the best species to consume that had the highest omega-3 concentrations with the lowest mercury levels included salmon, trout, and shrimp.  In contrast, the highest levels of mercury with the highest levels of omega-3 included tuna, shark, sea bass, swordfish, and halibut.

Resources

 

Smith, KL., and JL. Guentzel. “Mercury concentrations and omega-3 fatty acids in fish and shrimp: Preferential consumption for maximum health benefits.” Marine Pollution Bulletin 60.9 (2010): 1615-1618. Print.

 

“Omega 3 Fatty Acidis: Heart Attack Prevention Series.” eMedicinenet.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. <www.medicinenet.com/omega-3_fatty_acids/article.htm>.