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Are Prawns Good for You?

Prawns, also known as “shrimps,” are one of the most popular seafood in the UK. Freshwater and saltwater variations, as well as farmed varieties, of these small aquatic crustaceans can be found in a wide variety of sizes.

There are thousands of different species of prawns, but king prawns, tiger prawns, and North Atlantic prawns are the most popular in the UK.

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What Is the Nutritional Value of Prawns?


Cooked, Peeled Tail on Prawns - Seafood Direct UK


Cooked prawns have 70 calories per 100g. They are 84 percent water and have 15g of protein with less than 1g of fat, distributed rather evenly between saturated and unsaturated fat. Because prawns are an animal protein, they have very little carbohydrate.

Prawns also have an excellent nutritional profile, with a variety of minerals and vitamins, including many B vitamins, which are essential for energy and nervous system support. They also contain iron and calcium, which are both vital for healthy blood formation and coagulation, as well as selenium, which is necessary for the immune system and reproductive health, as well as thyroid health. 

Should You Eat Prawns If You Are Watching Your Cholesterol?

Prawns do contain cholesterol, but they are also low in saturated fat. Thus they are unlikely to raise LDL (low-density lipoprotein), sometimes called “bad” cholesterol.

In a 2010 study, 23 healthy men were given either 225g of cold water prawns or an equivalent weight of fish as a control for 12 weeks to see if cold water prawns had any effect on plasma cholesterol and lipoproteins in normolipidemic men. The results revealed that eating cold water prawns had no discernible effect on LDL cholesterol concentration or density at the end of the study.

Shellfish, such as prawns, are also recommended as part of a balanced diet by the British Heart Foundation. 

Is It Possible to Be Allergic to Prawns?

Yes! Although relatively uncommon, shellfish allergy is a real thing. Consult your general practitioner if you experience any troubling symptoms after eating prawns, such as a scratchy throat, nasal congestion or trouble breathing, nausea or vomiting or dizziness. In extremely rare cases, shellfish allergy can also cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. This is a medical emergency that needs to be dealt with right away.

How to Choose and Store Prawns?

You can either buy prawns fresh or frozen. If you are buying fresh prawns, they should have no ‘fishy’ smell. Avoid buying prawns with cracked or dry shells. Some prawns are frozen as soon as they are caught to preserve their freshness. If you are buying frozen prawns, make sure you defrost them first and do not refreeze them after they have thawed.

Healthy Prawn Recipes


Butterfly King Prawn Crunch - Seafood Direct UK


  • Prawn and egg fried rice
  • Prawn jalfrezi and jeera rice
  • Prawn, garlic and chilli linguine
  • Prawn, watermelon and avocado salad
  • Crispy sweet corn, prawn and coriander fritters
  • Creamy prawn chowder
  • Fragrant courgette prawn curry

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