You can get a high amount of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins D and B12 from eating shrimps.
However, you are sure to get all these minerals and vitamins safely from natural growing shrimps and not from mist farmed shrimps particularly those farmed in some farms in Asia.
Examining The Asian Seafood Farming
The United States gets about 8% of its annual shrimp consumption from Vietnam which ships more than 100 million pounds of shrimps to the U.S annually.
Over the last decade shrimp demand in the U.S has grown exponentially, this has led to a lot of malpractices by farmers in order to satisfy this increasing demand.
In an investigation conducted it was discovered that Vietnamese shrimp farmers would freeze their farm produce in unclean water.
This practice according to experts can lead to the spread of diseases and harmful bacteria.
Other seafood that have been farmed under questionable conditions include tilapia fish farming as seen in a farm at Yangjiang, China where the fish is fed with pig feces.
This can lead to the increasing growth of salmonella and other harmful microbes according to Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety
Why You Should Avoid Harmful Seafood
– It is obviously preferable for you to consume wild seafood rather than farmed seafood. As the latter are pumped full of antibiotics and traces of oxytetracycline, enrofloxacin, and sulfa antibiotics have been seen in these seafood they also have more harmful bacteria than wild-caught seafood.
– Farmed seafood are farmed under unhygienic conditions in which they are packed in congested tanks that are rarely cleaned.
– As mentioned earlier these farmed seafood are fed with goose and pig feces which are rich in harmful microbes.
– In a study conducted it was discovered that about 60% of 342 samples of frozen shrimps were contaminated with either listeria, e.coli, salmonella or vibrio.
The scary fact is that about 94% of all shrimp imported to the U.S. Are from Vietnam, India, Thailand and Indonesia where vast malpractices are rife.
Wild-caught shrimp from the U.S and Argentina have the lowest level of bacteria according to samples examined and reported in the Consumer Report.
It goes without saying that if you want to enjoy seafood free from antibiotics and harmful pathogens you should go for wild-caught seafood which are healthier.
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