What You Should Know About Eating Raw or Cooked Shrimps
The most common question I get asked when it comes to eating raw or cooked shrimps is: “Is it safe?”
There are many opinions out there on whether shrimp is safe for your pet. Some say that they can’t digest them at all, while others say that they might cause stomach upset.
So which one is right?
Well, let’s take a look at some facts and figures first!
Shrimp is a delicacy in Asia, but not so much here in America. However, it’s still eaten by many folks in the world. It’s mostly consumed fresh or frozen, though dried shrimp is available too.
Most often these days it’s served with rice (or noodles) and other Asian condiments like soy sauce and sesame oil. Of course you can serve shrimp without any sauces if you want to!
So how does shrimp taste?
According to Wikipedia, “It is considered a mild fish, with a mild flavor and texture.” They’re not exactly known for their strong flavors either. In fact, according to the American Meat Institute, “Most consumers prefer seafood that tastes bland or even boring; however, some may enjoy stronger flavors such as those found in red meat.” And shrimp isn’t just used for its mild flavor either – it’s also good for you!
Shrimp is considered to be a “superfood” – something that is incredibly healthy for you. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, diets high in shrimp can lower your risk for heart disease, improve brain function (in older folks), reduce cholesterol, prevent asthma, and even help with vision issues. Be sure to eat about 8-10 shrimp per week to reap these benefits!
So how do you prepare your shrimp?
Well, there are a few ways you can go about it. First of all, you can choose to boil them first in order to kill any bacteria and infestations. This is a pretty fast way to cook shrimp, though it will leave them a bit softer than grilling or frying them. You can also quickly stir-fry them if you want them to come out with a bit of a “bite” to them. Finally, you can skewer the shrimp and place them onto a grill. Grilling shrimp is one of the most common methods out there and is a bit easier if you ask me.
Of course, what are the best dishes to cook with shrimp?
Well, shrimp go great in sushi rolls like california rolls, spicy shrimp rolls, and even shrimp tempura rolls!
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