Like other shellfish, shrimp offers a delectable and highly nutritious alternative to meat proteins. Shrimp is low in calories and saturated fats and brimming with nourishment including B vitamins, vitamin D and a very respectable dose of omega 3 fats. They are rich in an array of important minerals including zinc, selenium, copper, iron and magnesium and contrary to popular belief, shellfish do not have adverse effects on overall cholesterol levels. In fact, eating shellfish has been shown to actually benefit cardiovascular health, especially when eaten in lieu of fatty red meats. Here is one of my all-time favorite shrimp recipes.