Published:  12:00 AM, 01 February 2017

Tasty Prawn with health benefits


Prawn is a very delicious and mouth watering crustacean with an exoskeleton and ten legs. The taste from the dish with prawn or prawn in the dish is world famous. In every caboose of this modern era, there is a soft corner for prawn; no matter what the race, caste or folk that it is. But it does be very tough to find someone, who doesn't like prawn! From east-west and south-north every corner of this world is truly known with the taste of prawn. Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Africa everywhere prawn has owned the heart of the commons. Though according to the historians today's modern civilization has started from the western part of the world, so along with that we can easily say that most of the remarkable and valued cuisines are from there too. And prawn is largely used there also, with various ingredients and recipes.

In Bangladesh prawn is also popular as the palatable dish, scientific name is Fenneropenaeus indicus. In Bengali it's called 'Chingri'. There are several types of prawn are available in our country, among them two types are largely known and popular: 'Bagda Chingri' and 'Golda Chingri'. Mostly all-around the year prawn is available. As ours is a riverine low land, we have many natural water sources. In them we have many native fishes and our beloved prawn also. About four and half decades ago prawn are exported to the other part of the world from our country. Every year we are earning much-more revenues from them. Once it was among top three of our national products, through which our foreign earning were running mostly. Though nowadays, we are facing much-more competitions in this area, as many other countries are also stand-by to export prawn in the world-market, in a competitive price. So what! Prawn didn't lose it's won taste yet. In our, every local cookery to all type of restaurants prawn are still with its original sapour and dignity.

While prawn may be small in size, they are huge in terms of nutritional value and the health benefits they offer. With its low calorie content - a generous 6-ounce portion provides just 202 calories - prawn is a smart addition to calorie- and health-conscious diets. It's also relatively low in mercury, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, the American Heart Association notes that you can consume up to 6 ounces of cooked fish, shellfish and poultry daily. Shrimp offers several nutritional advantages as a result of its protein, vitamin and mineral content.



Nutrition Facts

*    Glycemic Index (GI) Rating / Glycemic Load: As prawn contain no carbohydrates, their Glycemic Index rating is 0.
*    Calories: Prawn are relatively low in calories, with 1 gram of prawn containing 1 calorie (1 ounce of prawn, or 28 grams, therefore contains only 28 calories).
*    Macronutrients: Prawn are made almost entirely of protein and water, but they do contain some fat and cholesterol, too.
*    Vitamins & Minerals: Prawn are supercharged with vitamin B12 and selenium. In addition, they provide a fair amount of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, sodium (salt), zinc and copper. Surprisingly, they also contain some vitamin C.

Vitamins for Red Blood Cell health: Eat prawn and you'll support healthy red blood cells as a result of its vitamin content. The vitamin A in prawn controls red blood cell development; it activates genes that growing cells need to develop from stem cells into functional red blood cells. It also helps your red blood cells access the iron they need to transport oxygen. Vitamin B-12 aids in the production of heme -- the iron-containing compound responsible for red blood cell function. A 6-ounce serving of prawn provides 2.8 micrograms of vitamin B-12 and 512 international units of vitamin A. This makes up all your daily recommended vitamin B-12 intake, as well as 17 percent of the daily vitamin A intake recommendation for men and 22 percent for women.

Drawbacks- Sodium and Cholesterol: Consuming prawn also has some disadvantages that could affect your cardiovascular health: prawn is high in sodium and cholesterol. A 6-ounce portion of prawn contains 359 milligrams of cholesterol, which is more than the recommended daily intake limit. Prawn also contain 1,610 milligrams of sodium per serving, or 70 percent of your upper intake limit. Dietary cholesterol poses a potential threat because of its ability to increase blood cholesterol levels, especially in people sensitive to it. Sodium increases blood pressure, which puts excessive strain on your blood vessels and increases your cardiovascular disease risk.

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