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Shrimp Fun Facts (of course shrimp can be fun)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

K...First, the thing that isn't exactly fun about shrimp is their very high cholesterol level. Everything else is great. High in protein, low in calories, tastes great, you can skewer them, you can blacken them, you can make them into smiles with veggies for eyes----they're fun!

I sauteed 1/2 pound of shrimp with 1/2 tsp olive oil, onion, and garlic. I squeezed 1/2 lime over the shrimp as they were cooking. I served it over romaine and a vegetable salsa which was made out of red bell pepper, cucumber (unpeeled), and tomato. There were tons of veggies so it was pretty filling. This was actually 2 servings, but there were only 372 calories so I figured that was just fine.

So, some fun facts about shrimp? Here we go:

-There are over 128 species of shrimp

-Shrimp come in many different colors such as red, white, pink, brown, rock and brine shrimp. However, there are more colors than these that can be attached to shrimp. Yellows, cherries, tigers, bees and blues can also be a part of the shrimp colors of shrimp throughout the world.

-Shrimp is considered to be the number one seafood on the list of seafood. One billion pounds of shrimp are eaten every year by Americans. Over five billion pounds of shrimp are produced every single year.

-0.27 grams of healthy omega-3 acids are found per serving in shrimp.

-Did you know that the mantis shrimp has claws with such an incredibly fast and powerful strike, that some are able to break aquarium glass with one swing? They launch with the velocity of a bullett.

-While the powerful claws of the mantis shrimp are truly incredible, they have another surprising attribute: their eyes. Unlike a human, whose eyes only have 3 different types of photoreceptive cones (allowing us to see three colors and all the resulting color permutations), mantis shrimp have an amazing sixteen photoreceptive cones. This allows them a visual spectrum that we, as humans, can only imagine.

-An average shrimp has 10 legs

-Every shrimp is born a male and then become females as they mature (wild and crazy shrimp)

-April 29th is Nation Shrimp Scampi Day

-May 9th is National Shrimp Day.

-A shrimp can average about 6 inches while the longest ever found was at 16 inches.

-Some shrimp can live as long as six and a half years, while some only live about a year or so.

-The name for raw, uncooked shrimp is “green”.

-The pistol shrimp can deliver an explosive attack hotter than the surface of the sun and loud enough to rupture a human ear drum.

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