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December 14, 2014

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Florida—Durwood Dugger Comments on “Seven Things About Shrimp” Article


Shrimp News: On December 11, 2014, I posted an article titled “7 Things You Should Know About Shrimpto this site.  It was about the nutritional qualities of shrimp.  Durwood Dugger, a shrimp farming consultant with a long history in shrimp farming, submitted the following comments on the article.


One thing we all should know about nutritionists: They really have very limited scientific depth when it comes to seafood nutrition and quality and the constantly changing health recommendations regarding various foods we should and should not eat.  What author Cynthia Sass fails to mention is that shrimp contain high-density lipoprotein (“good cholesterol”), which actually lowers the amount of low-density lipoprotein (“bad cholesterol”) in our bodies, so shrimp are much better for us than many other cholesterol-containing foods like eggs and grain-fed beef that contain the bad cholesterols.  This has been known for at least two decades.


I do congratulate Sass on distinguishing between farmed and wild shrimp and for fairly noting that wild-caught shrimp also have traces of antibiotics in their bodies.


Of course the ingredients in shrimp feeds play a significant role in the taste of shrimp because they affect fat and protein levels in their bodies.   Feeds also affect nutrient factors in shrimp, not only cholesterol, but also omega-3 levels.


Here are few links to analytically-based references on the nutrition of seafood and shrimp:


Shrimps – A Nutritional Perspective.


Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices Balancing the Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption.


Comparison Effect of Dietary Astaxanthin and Β-Carotene in the Presence and Absence of Cholesterol Supplementation on Growth Performance, Antioxidant Capacity and Gene Expression of Penaeus Monodon Under Normoxia and Hypoxia Condition.


Fatty Acid and Amino Acid Composition of Marine (Penaeus semisulcatus) and Farmed (Penaeus vannamei) Shrimp Species from Bushehr, Iran.


Sources: 1. Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Cholesterol in Shrimp.  Durwood Dugger.  December 11, 2014.  2. Bob Rosenberry, Shrimp News International, December 14, 2014.

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