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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Fit Fish

"Shrimp is about 90 calories per 3-ounce serving, it has virtually no fat, and it's packed with protein, making it the ultimate diet food," says Ellie Krieger, RD, host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger. 

It may even help prevent heart disease, thanks to astaxanthin, the antioxidant that gives the shellfish its red tint.

 "People shy away from shrimp because it's high in cholesterol, but cholesterol in food is much less likely to raise your blood cholesterol than, say, trans fat," McManus says. Moreover, eating about 1 cup of shrimp daily can raise your good cholesterol level, found a Rockefeller University study.

Shopping shortcut: Buy frozen. "It's often fresher than the stuff you find at the local fish store," Krieger says.

Make it even healthier: "Rinse with water before you eat to remove about 40 percent of the sodium," Krieger advises.

Bonus benefits: Shrimp is also rich in cancer-fighting selenium and bone-building vitamin D.


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