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how is it that shrimp and crab taste sweet yet have no carbs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 06, 2011 at 2:29 PM

possibly a stupid question. They just taste much sweeter than other meat. (Ex: scallops/oysters/etc are sweet which I attribute to their small amount of carbs). Thanks!

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on November 06, 2011
at 06:41 AM

i started supping with glycine recently (before bed on an empty stomach) and I believe it has helped with sleep. I also notice I wake up with what feels like a very low level fever which goes away after I'm up and at 'em. Is that some sign of detoxing going on? Is there a problem with supping more than the recommended dose of glycine?

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on October 08, 2011
at 03:23 AM

interesting about the trehalose...how come this sugar isn't part of the nutrition facts? maybe it is both the trehalose and amino acids?

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on October 07, 2011
at 09:34 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trehalose

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on October 07, 2011
at 09:33 AM

Its due to sugar in them, called trehalose.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on October 07, 2011
at 04:03 AM

Beef tendons taste little sweet to me, they are quite mild in flavor, almost like some seafood. Hard to source around here.

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on October 06, 2011
at 03:49 PM

I've often wondered the same.

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on October 06, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Glycerol is sweet tasting on its own, but not as part of a triglyceride.

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on October 06, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Interested in this. Gonna try out shrimp. I already tried liver this week, and to my surprise I like it. Funny texture and funny taste.

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on October 06, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Glycerol from fat is sweet too.

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on October 06, 2011
at 05:18 PM

Per my copy of On Food and Cooking, definitely worth owning or checking out from the library, why shrimp and crab taste sweet is because they are collecting amino acids in their tissue, as a way to balance the salt in the surrounding water. Their preferred amino is glycine, which tastes sweet, and thus the more glycine in your shrimp the sweeter it tastes.

Oh, and just because I think it's kind of interesting, if you buy shrimp and they taste like iodine it's coming from the algae they're snacking on. Apparently their digestive tract converts the compound from the algae and turns it into iodine.

Loves me some food science..

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on October 06, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Certain amino acids have a sweet taste, and some of them are particularly abundant in shellfish.

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on October 07, 2011
at 04:03 AM

Beef tendons taste little sweet to me, they are quite mild in flavor, almost like some seafood. Hard to source around here.

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on October 06, 2011
at 04:57 PM

L Glycine tast very sweet and can be used as a sugar substiute. Not to mention the fact that it helps the body rid itself of toxins. I buy big bottles of it from life extension, try adding it to your next Paleo shake.

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on November 06, 2011
at 06:41 AM

i started supping with glycine recently (before bed on an empty stomach) and I believe it has helped with sleep. I also notice I wake up with what feels like a very low level fever which goes away after I'm up and at 'em. Is that some sign of detoxing going on? Is there a problem with supping more than the recommended dose of glycine?

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on October 06, 2011
at 03:36 PM

Fake crab has added sugar to make it taste like real crab.

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