Shrimp, like their crawling cousins, crabs and lobsters, have attained a favored status in many cuisines of the world. It is little wonder. Their delicate, mild flavored flesh offers protein that is low in calories and saturated fat and they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, reports CholesterolCholesterol.
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Shrimp vary in size and in calories. A small steamed shrimp offers five calories, a medium has six calories and a large shrimp has seven or eight calories, according to Fat Secret. A 4-oz. serving of shrimp has 120 calories.
About a quarter of the calories come from fat. A 4-oz. serving of shrimp has 6 g of fat, providing 8 percent of the daily value. It provides 4 percent of the daily value of saturated fat, according to WolframAlpha.
A 4 oz. serving of shrimp provides close to 230 mg of cholesterol, supplying almost 80 percent of the daily recommended limit of cholesterol, according to WolframAlpha.
More than 80 percent of the calories in shrimp come from protein, according to Fatsecret. A 4-oz. serving of shrimp has 22 g of protein, providing 46 percent of the daily value. It provides 26 percent of the daily value of vitamin B12, and more than 160 percent of the daily value of selenium and retinol. It offers further nutrition including iron, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and thiamin, according to WolframAlpha.