Shrimp is the right choice if you want healthy food. It contains low level of fat and high level of protein, the approximate value is 75 grams protein for 1 gram fat. Shrimp also contains high levels of vitamin D, B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids which are very healthy compounds.
Even though natural and untainted shrimp is incredibly healthy, this does not apply for all the shrimp that is distributed and sold in America. This is because of the way that it is harvested and the foods they are raised on.
Seafood farming in Asia
The main distributor and provider for shrimp in the United States is Vietnam, with more than 100 million pounds of imported shrimp every year, which is about 8% of all shrimp that the Americans consume a year.
Shrimp has become very popular in the last decades especially in the United States. This cause a lot of completion on the seafood market and made the shrimp farmers to seek for many better solutions for shrimp farming in order to be the leading in the competition.
But some inspectors have confirmed that the water, in which the Vietnamese shrimp farmers freeze the shrimp for export in The U.S.A, is not even clear for drinking.
This shrimp water contains dangerous bacteria and can cause a numerous diseases, states a microbiologist who specializes in testing water.
This thing is very irresponsible and unacceptable for example, animals near the farms, ice made from this kind of dirty water.
But there is something even worse- shrimp is not the only food which is made in bad healthy conditions in Asia. Another example is one tilapia farm in Yangjiang, China, which actually feeds its fish with pig and geese feces. The director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, Michael Doyle, says that this actions can have a direct affect in the growth of many bacterial disease.
“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” Doyle says.
What you can do to avoid Harmful Seafood
As a result from all these harmful conditions we can say that farmed seafood is even worse than wild-caught seafood. It is a known fact that the fish and shellfish raised on a farm are filled with harmful antibiotics, which is consumed together with the seafood. This should be consider as a warning to avoid farmed seafood, due to the fact that farmed shrimp contains higher levels of harmful bacteria and antibiotics.
The things that make the farmed seafood unhealthy are that it is full with bacteria and antibiotics. It looks a bit sarcastic, but this is a normal thing if we actually know the way that these farmed fish and shellfish are grown.
Besides the fact that farmed seafood has been fed with feces they are also placed in very small places the entire life and this also contributes to the appearance of disease throughout the population.
One research has shown that about 60% of 342 samples of frozen shrimp had salmonella, listeria, Escherichia coli or vibrio. Besides having these diseases they also contained traces of oxytetracycline, enrofloxacin, and sulfa antibiotics.
Over 90% of all the shrimp consumed in the United States is from Asian countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Thailand. The health conditions in these Asian countries are very harmful and are not safe. They usually lead to the spread of disease and overuse of antibiotics in order to beat the disease.
The investigation of shrimp showed that raw, wild-caught shrimp which is from Argentina and the United States has the least bacteria in all the tested samples.
So as an advice we can say that if you want to protect yourself from all the harmful bacteria and antibiotics in the seafood you consume, it is definitely best to buy local wild-caught fish and shellfish. You will have to pay more money for this local seafood, but you won’t regret it definitely because local food is safer and free from bacteria and antibiotics, and it won’t have a negative effect on our environment.