• Ali Cody - Nutritionist

Crazy About Shrimp? Choose Wisely!

If you just have to have shrimp, please seek out shrimp from a clean source. By eating farmed shrimp you are opening up your system to many, many, many health problems. This is because Farmed Shrimp is Highly Contaminated (contain hazardous drugs, chemical residues from cleaning agents, pathogens like Salmonella and E.coli, along with other contaminants like mouse and rat hair) and Non-Regulated (less than 2% imported into the US is even inspected). CLICK HERE for an article by Dr. Mercola with more details.

Also, shrimp has been linked to various neurological orders as it contains BMAA; a neurotoxin with a highly possible link to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Here is a report from 2015 from SCIENCE DAILY.

If you still choose to eat shrimp (hopefully only every now and then) then please make sure it is from a clean source! The trick is finding wild shrimp harvested from the cleanest cold-water sources possible.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch rates various seafood sources based on sustainability and other parameters. While some of their “Best Choice” shrimp include farmed shrimp (which I can't recommend) some of the wild-caught shrimp on their good-to-best list include:

  • Northern shrimp, caught in US/Canadian Atlantic

  • Pink shrimp from Oregon

  • Wild-caught rock shrimp from the US

  • Spot prawns from British Columbia (Canadian Pacific)

  • California coonstripe shrimp (caught using submerged pots. To determine this, talk to your fishmonger or the fishery in question)

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