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Best Shrimp Dishes for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know

Best Shrimp Dishes for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: December 20, 2021   
Published: December 20, 2021   

Best Shrimp Dishes for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to KnowBest Shrimp Dishes for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know
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People love seafood in all its forms and diversity. There are so many choices for different tastes and budgets, but from all the varieties of fish and seafood, shrimp is one of the most popular choices. There are many types of shrimp, but regardless of whether they are boiled, steamed, fried, sautéed, or grilled, people often prefer shrimp more than any other kind of shellfish.

If you have diabetes, you can enjoy shrimp as well. They actually have a number of qualities that are beneficial for diabetics.

Shrimp are low in calories and rich in nutrients, healthy fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids), and lean protein. 85 g serving of shrimp contains 72 calories (90% of which come from protein), 17 g of protein, and about 0.5 g of fat, and zero carbs. The serving also contains over 20 minerals and vitamins, among which are Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Niacin, Iodine, Magnesium, and a half of your daily dose of Selenium, a mineral that promotes heart health and helps reduce inflammation. Another element in shrimp with anti-inflammatory properties is astaxanthin. This antioxidant protects against inflammation by preventing free radicals from damaging your cells.

However, there is a concerning aspect about shrimp for some people. – Shrimp have high cholesterol content. Nevertheless, Although shrimp are high in cholesterol, there is no evidence that they negatively affect your heart health. On the contrary, eating shrimp may help lower your levels of LDL cholesterol.

But if you want to eat healthy, make sure to buy only wild caught shrimp from reputable retailers. Imported farm raised shrimp may contain antibiotics that are better to be avoided. Once you choose the right shrimp, do a research to find diabetes-friendly recipes that do not require much oil or ingredients that contain sugar. Here are a few shrimp recipes that we enjoy.

Pumpkin Soup with Chickpeas and Shrimp

Try this gourmet recipe for a delicious and diabetic-friendly, restaurant-quality soup. Put it on your dinner table - there will be no leftover!

Shrimp Cocktail with Celery

Shrimp cocktail is a very common appetizer. Nevertheless, more often than not, shrimp cocktails are made of ingredients that people with diabetes should rather avoid. The recipe you see here is not only tasty, but diabetic-friendly as well.

Pasta Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Tomatoes

A great diabetic-friendly dinner option is a whole wheat pasta salad with grilled shrimp and tomatoes, arugula and cheese.

Shrimp Tacos

Tacos with shrimp are among the most popular ones out there. – They’re light, delicious and diabetes-friendly.

Shrimp Fried in Garlic Oil with Thyme

This simple diabetes-friendly shrimp recipe is very easy make and it turns out delicious!

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