Shrimp is small free-swimming crustacean, typically marine and most commonly is harvested for food.
The natural and untainted shrimp is extremely healthy meal due to the fact it is high in protein, very low in fat. Namely, studies have showed that it is 75 grams of protein for every 1 gram of fat. In addition to that, the shrimps are loaded with omega 3- fatty acids, vitamin B12 and D.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t refer to the various types of shrimp which are sold in the markets in the U.S., as the shrimp have been harvested and raised in a completely different way.
Namely, Vietnam is one of major importers of shrimp in America, with more than 100 million pounds of shrimp annually, and according to statistics it is almost 8% of all shrimp consumed in the United States.
Over the last 20 years, the requirement of shrimp in the U.S. significantly has been increased, which actually caused a competition in the market for seafood. Additionally, such situation led to attempts to keep up with the competition, although if it demanded reduced safety and health standards.
Scientists has discovered that farmers who are raising shrimp in Vietnam freeze it before it is exported to the United States, and that water that is not safe for consumption.
Mansour Samadpour is microbiologist, specialized in investigating water used for shellfish farming. He claims that the water they utilize is proved to support the development of diseases and bacteria.
“Those conditions — ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs — are unacceptable” states Samadpour.
Unfortunately this is not the only type of food that is raised on low health regulation in Asia. Namely, the latest investigation found farm of tilapia in Yangjiang, China, that uses feces from geese and pigs for feeding the fish.
Director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety Michael Doyle, claims that this causes the growth of numerous bacterial disease. He stated: “The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella”.
It is undeniable fact that farmed seafood is much worse option that the wild-caught seafood and the reason for that is the fact that farmed shellfish and fish are loaded with dangerous antibiotics.
A study by Consumer Report has another reason why people should consume only farmed seafood. Namely, they have found that farmed shrimp has higher levels of dangerous bacteria along with antibiotics, which in fact is new reason you should avoid farmed seafood.
Taking under consideration the condition in which farmed seafood is produced, it is understandable why it is high with bacteria and antibiotics.
In addition to all this, animals raised in farms are crammed into tight spaces during their lifetime, which supports the spread of disease throughout them.
According to one study, conducted on 342 frozen shrimp samples, came to conclusion that even 60% of them have some bacteria, including vibrio, listeria, salmonella or E.coli. Moreover, scientists have discovered traces of sulfa antibiotics, oxytetracycline and enrofloxacin in the examined samples.
Statistics shows that more than 94% of all imported shrimp sold in the U.S. originate from Asia, from countries such as Vietnam, India, Thailand or Indonesia. It is important to highlight that farming conditions in these countries are extremely low and that results in spreading of diseases, and overuse of antibiotics.
Study conducted by Consumer Report showed that raw, wild-caught shrimp from America contains lowest amounts of bacteria of all examined samples.
We can summarize that you should avoid imported types of fish, and purchase local and wild-caught shellfish and fish. Regardless of the fact that imported farmed seafood is cheaper option, it is extremely harmful due to the fact it is loaded with antibiotic residue and bacteria which significantly endanger your overall health.