A platter of prawns may seem indulgent, but prawns are not just delicious, they’re nutritious, so it’s a good thing to dive in.
High protein, low fat, zero carbs.
Prawns are a good source of protein and are low in fat. They are also a good source of Omega 3 EPA + DHA.
Omega 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, better known as PUFA’s or “good fats” are important ingredients to our health that the body cannot make on its own – we have to find them in food.
Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA+DHA) contain anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the risk of heart disease and arthritis symptoms and are believed to reduce the risk of developing some cancers.
Prawns are rich in important elements needed for a balanced system. They are a good source of copper which is necessary for normal energy production and copper contributes to normal growth and development in children.
Magnesium plays a role in bone development and nerve and muscle function.
Selenium is an anti-oxidant which assists in maintaining thyroid health and the body’s immune system.
Prawns are also a good source of phosphorous. It helps protect the blood’s acid/base balance and transports energy.
Prawns are a good source of iodine which is necessary for production of thyroid hormones and normal neurological function. Iodine is necessary for normal cognitive function.
The Truth About Cholesterol
For a long time it was assumed that cholesterol in prawns became cholesterol in the blood. This is not so as your liver controls blood cholesterol content. According to the Heart Foundation, eating too much saturated fat causes (bad) LDL cholesterol in your blood to increase. Consumption of Omega-3 fats found in prawns in fact reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol and increases the blood content of (good) HDL cholesterol. In other words, it’s the saturated fats in foods, not cholesterol, that causes health problems.