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Issue 40 : May 2013  

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Celebrate National Shrimp Day
Tomorrow, Friday, May 10th is National Shrimp Day, so go celebrate and eat shrimp! 
For many years, the scientific community has presented a number of studies that highlight the benefits of consuming the recommended seafood serving of 4 ounces, twice a week, and have found that it can contribute to living a healthier life. Shrimp, like many other seafood species, can provide a huge array of health benefits. 

Shrimp are; especially low in saturated fat, a very good source of vitamin B12, an excellent source of selenium and zinc to help maintain a strong immune system, and a good source of energy-promoting iron and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Vitamin B12: being a good source of Vitamin B12, shrimp consumption facilitates proper brain function and the formation and maturation of blood cells in the body.

Selenium punch for extra protection against cancer: shrimp is a very rich source of trace mineral selenium. Selenium helps in neutralizing the effects of free radicals, which are associated with cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Shrimp is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to guard against the risk of cardiovascular problems, as they reduce the level of cholesterol in blood. The Omega-3 fatty acids present in shrimp also help to avoid blood clotting, prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis, slow down the development of cancerous tumors and serve to prevent Alzheimer's disease as well.

What about the cholesterol? Shrimp are often given a bad rap for their high cholesterol content. Although it is true that shrimp are relatively high in cholesterol (about 200 milligrams in 3.5 ounces, or 12 large boiled shrimp), the Rockefeller study on shrimp and cholesterol suggests that shrimp cholesterol may not be that bad for you. Scientists concluded that if substituted in place of beef or other high fat foods, shrimp will not affect the overall lipoprotein profile negatively; therefore it can be included in "heart healthy" nutritional guidelines.

Added bonus?! Shrimp is a true beauty food! Shrimp contain astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives them their pink color and that can act as a potent antioxidant and protect the skin from premature aging. Also the zinc shrimp boast plays an important role in the production of new cells (including hair cells and skin cells). It also helps maintain the oil-secreting glands on the scalp that keep hair shiny. In addition, shrimp are a good source of copper which can help prevent hair loss, contribute to hair thickness, and intensify hair color.

As scientists continue to study the benefits of seafood in our diets, more favorable reasons to consume seafood are presented while others are strengthened. Moreover, we must remember that seafood is an important component to a healthy diet as it is easily digestible, contains high-quality protein and provides a mix of essential amino acids that our bodies cannot otherwise make themselves.

Call us today to place your shrimp order!
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Q: How many pounds of Shrimp are consumed in the United States?

A: According to the National Fisheries Institute, Americans eat an average of 4.1 pounds of shrimp per year, placing shrimp as the most popular seafood choice.  About 1.7 billion pounds of shrimp are consumed in the U.S. every year.

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Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple-Mango Salsa
Think Mom's Fiesta!
This mother's day weekend, surprise mom with the sweet flavors of fresh tropical fruits infused with spicy shrimp - it will create a scrumptious fiesta in your mouth! Click here for the recipe.
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Staff Notes

This month we had a couple anniversaries and a birthday celebration.
On May 8th, Roberto Cabrera, Logistics Coordinator, completed his 9th year working with the Tropical team and Karen Cleary, Staff Accountant, will reach her 10th year anniversary with Tropical on the 19th of this month - Congratulations to both!
We will end the month with Larissa Bassarab's, Director of Logistics,  birthday on May 29th - Happy Birthday.
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