Health Risks of Shrimps

Low-cal and a great source of lean protein, shrimps have a very healthy hook. But some catches-of-the-day harbour a mix of pathogens, according to Consumer Reports.

About 16% of ready-to-eat packaged shrimp bought in the US tested positive for disease-causing bacterium, including vibrio and E. coli.

Why? According to the FDA, nearly all of supply in the US is imported from India, Vietnam, and Ecuador, where the critters are often raised in tanks or ponds swimming with chemicals, antibiotics, and— hungry yet?—faecal matter.

To eat clean, purchase only wild shrimp that’s been responsibly caught—check the fresh fish counter at Organic Foods & Café. Labels saying Natural or No Antibiotics may not be legitimate because there’s currently no law governing them.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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