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Eating shrimp shells is beneficial or harmful?

( Update: 09/07/2019 )

Many people believe that shrimp shells are home to the most calcium because of the rigidity in the shell. But actually, shrimp shells are not as much calcium-containing parts as many people think.
Shrimp is a nutritious food, with nutrient content not losing to any other animal.
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Shrimp shells do not contain calcium as people think. Photo: Internet
According to nutrition experts from the American Heart Institute (AHA), high protein content in shrimp meat is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, fatty acid and many other minerals. According to USDA's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended to increase the amount of seafood eaten by replacing meat or poultry with seafood including shrimp.
Therefore, nutrients are high, so shrimp contribute to many meals of families, especially young children.
Housewives still believe that shrimp shells contain a lot of calcium because of the rigidity of the shrimp crust. To answer this, Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Duy Thinh (Former Director of Institute of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Polytechnic University) said: “Shrimp is a nutrient-rich and calcium rich food, however shrimp shells are not as rich as calcium. rumors. In fact, there is calcium in animal bones, and the main source of calcium in shrimp is mainly in meat, legs and more. And shrimp shells are just kittin (a type of polymer) to create shells of all kinds of crustaceans, not contain much calcium, even this substance when ingested is difficult to digest, "said Thinh.
Dr. Nguyen Duy Thinh advised us to eat more seafood instead of eating meat and fish. Because seafood contributes a variety of nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
We should not force children to eat shellfish because it is not necessary, because of the hard shell of shrimp, so the children cannot chew all, causing the children to eat poorly.