From the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal to the rest of India, the tradition of seafood has slowly slithered its way to non-coastal regions of the nation, and so has the demand for prawn dishes. Prawns and shrimps are often recognised as the same due to similarity in their nutritional value and physical appearance; despite being composed of different anatomies.
Prawn has taken its place as a popular ingredient in coastal dishes in India, especially in areas of Mangalore and Odisha that boasts a variety of dishes containing this shellfish. The Indian white prawn is one of the most widely consumed of the type and can be located in the Indo-West Pacific region. Some other types of prawn are the giant tiger prawn, green tiger prawn, and yellow prawn.
So aside from being a culinary delight, why choose prawns? Because the health benefits are staggering. Prawns have rich protein content while simultaneously providing vitamins and minerals. They also contain minimal calories and no carbohydrates which is an added benefit. Although cholesterol content in prawn is approximately 165 mg in a 3 ounce serving, this wouldn’t pose a problem if consumed within the recommended 200mg limit.
- High protein content:
Prawns are packed with proteins that are essential to functions such as building of muscle mass, repair of damaged tissues, production of new proteins and energy. A 3 ounce serving of boiled or steamed prawn contains approximately 22g of protein and 100g of calories which is equal to a similar serving of chicken.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals:
The health benefits from consuming prawn is indicated by the multiple vitamins and proteins it contains such as, Zinc and Selenium that is essential for the functioning of the immune system, Iron for the production of red blood cells, and Magnesium and Phosphorous to maintain strong bones. Prawns also contain calcium which is vital for the increase in bone mass in children as well as adults.
- Increase in cognitive and physiological functions:
B12 is a type of vitamin that is essential for ensuring the healthy functioning of the heart, and brain. The vitamin primarily assists in retaining and managing memories and contains Omega-3 fatty acids which lends to cognitive stimulation.
- Good for the skin:
Prawn contains a considerable amount of vitamin E, a consumption of which leads to reduction in wrinkles, appearance of clear skin, decrease in chances of certain skin diseases, while simultaneously providing a natural glow.
Although prawns have numerous health benefits, what is all the more exciting is its unique taste. Head over to Brown Apron, the online fresh meat store for your prawn cravings.