5 Cool Shrimp Facts You Probably Didn't Know
Shrimp is wonderful and can be prepared in almost any way you can think of, as you surely already know. However, there are a number of interesting facts about shrimp that we're sure you'll find surprising.
Check out 5 of these surprising shrimp facts below.
1. Shrimp are nutritious
Seven calories are contained in one large (21/25 ct.) shrimp. They're a great way to get some lean protein. Shrimp is one of the few animal proteins that contain important antioxidants selenium and astaxanthin. They are also high in Vitamin B12 and low in carbs and fat.
2. The Gulf of Mexico produces a lot of shrimp
The Gulf states produce 244 million pounds of shrimp per year (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and West Florida). Shrimp production is vital to local economies in the Gulf South, supporting thousands of employment and generating significant cash.
3. A shrimp’s heart is located in its head
The heart of a shrimp is located on the thorax, just past its head, if you look at it from the front. However, because a shrimp has only one exoskeleton, some people mistake the thorax for a component of its head.
4. Shrimp is by far America’s favourite seafood
The average American eats 4.0 pounds of shrimp every year. In comparison, 15.5 pounds of seafood are consumed annually in the United States. Salmon (2.3 pounds) and canned tuna are the next most popular seafood (2.3 pounds).
5. Shrimp can be noisy
By slamming their large and small pincers together, certain shrimp species may produce a snapping sound that is louder than any other marine noise. The noise is so loud that it can stun or even kill small fish!
Source: Facts About Shrimp