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Shrimp shells and tails...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2012 at 2:51 AM

I often eat shrimp with the shells and tails on. A friend who owns a fish market turned me on to it... Lots of great flavor there and its a common practice in several cultures. Anybody have any idea what nutritional benefit they add vs shelled? I've gotta imagine there is plenty of good stuff in there.

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on November 12, 2012
at 10:41 PM

If you eat them with the tails and shells still on, are they deveined?

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on October 15, 2012
at 04:43 PM

what carl said.

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Pretty sure it is digested at least partially. Maybe not fully, but it's certainly broken down (ie I don't see any shells/tails/etc in my stool).

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:06 AM

I eat shells and tails also mostly because the shrimp get into my pie hole faster. "Peal and Eat" shrimp to me is just "Eat" shrimp. Any extra nutrition is a bonus.

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:04 AM

I eat shells and tails also mostly because the shrimp get into my pie hole faster. Any extra nutrition is a bonus.

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Good source of glucosamine/chondroitin. Good for joints. Shells and tails are often used in stock, like bones of other animals. I imagine a good source of calcium and other unspoken minerals, but don't quote me on that.

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on January 06, 2013
at 07:25 PM

I know the shells/tails contain astaxanthin, a powerful antioxident. it is what gives them the pink color and is part of why some of us pay a little more for krill oil instead of fish oil.

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:41 PM

Save the shells and make a shellfish stock once you have collected enough. One example here:

http://sassychiken.blogspot.com/2011/05/shrimp-stock.html

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:16 AM

There's glucosamine in there.

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on October 29, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I've been eating them for breakfast! Yum.

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I rarely get them with the shells on, but when I do I usually peel that, but always eat the tails.

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:04 PM

I would be scared of the spike at the end of the tail jabbing my esophagus. At least with certain varieties. I can't imagine how eating the shells would be pleasant. I save them and make stock.

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on October 01, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Indigestible chitin... yum?

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on October 01, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Pretty sure it is digested at least partially. Maybe not fully, but it's certainly broken down (ie I don't see any shells/tails/etc in my stool).

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on October 01, 2012
at 05:18 AM

In Spain people suck out the heads. I make stock or shrimp butter with the heads, shells and tails.

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I prefer to make stock with them, then puree with hand blender and strain.

Sorry, I don't know the nutritional details.

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