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  • Are these shrimps healthy?

    I got some organic shrimps from the supermarket. Ingredients: shrimp, salt, vinegar, natural flavor. What is natural flavor? Is this crap food? Would you eat it?

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    On the grand scale, it's probably fine. I personally prefer fresh shrimp, however.

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    • #3
      Got me~ I Googled *vinegar in frozen shrimp* and just got recipes. Checked my non-organic package of shrimp, it just says shrimp and salt. Sounds like your shrimp are already seasoned with something~ I would eat them but I wouldn't buy them again.

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      • #4
        sketchy, but... fuck, i'd probably eat 'em. generally though, i like the ingredients in my shrimp to be: "shrimp."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
          On the grand scale, it's probably fine. I personally prefer fresh shrimp, however.
          Are you sure they're 'fresh', or just freshly defrosted~ according to Google, it's unlikely you'll get fresh shrimp outside of 'dockside' since it's highly perishable~ 2 days! Most shrimp is shipped frozen.
          from Shrimp Storage and Selection

          Do not confuse the term "fresh" with never-frozen. Truth be told, you probably will be unable to find never-frozen shrimp fresh from the ocean these days unless you have a shrimper friend or net it yourself. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Nowadays, shrimp is harvested, cleaned, and flash frozen on the boats before they ever reach the shore. This makes for a fresher product, until it reaches the market.

          Once it reaches the market, you are at the mercy of the handlers. If it goes right into the freezer, all is well. If you are buying from the seafood counter, there is no telling how long that shrimp has been defrosted, although icing it does help. You are better off buying frozen shrimp and defrosting it yourself in the refrigerator. It does not take long to defrost.
          Last edited by Nady; 04-01-2012, 10:13 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nady View Post
            Are you sure they're 'fresh', or just freshly defrosted~ according to Google, it's unlikely you'll get fresh shrimp outside of 'dockside' since it's highly perishable~ 2 days! Most shrimp is shipped frozen.
            This. Unless I pull the net out of the ocean myself, which is not an option I have, I always buy frozen. This goes for all fish. With the exception of local fishmonger that sells at one of the farmers markets I go to (and even then, I keep it on ice and cook it in less than 24 hours), I don't buy any seafood that isn't frozen.

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            • #7
              Even though you would think everything is fine by the lack of media coverage, I would still be very careful not to eat any gulf seafood for the time being. If you can't tell where it's caught, you might be much better off not eating it.

              Oil from Deepwater Horizon disaster entered food chain in the Gulf of Mexico

              BP settles while Macondo 'seeps' - Features - Al Jazeera English

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jakey View Post
                sketchy, but... fuck, i'd probably eat 'em. generally though, i like the ingredients in my shrimp to be: "shrimp."
                Cripes! Do you know how damned near IMPOSSIBLE that is to find?
                If you aren't getting them dockside off a boat nearly 100% of shrimps have been dunked in a salt or salt based preservative solution. I know, because I futilely read nearly every bag I see and there is always some sort of sodium additive.
                I'm on a very sodium restrictive diet for medical reasons. If they add the sodium I can't eat it.
                Let's just say I've been without shrimp for a while. Dammit.
                “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                • #9
                  Shrimp that's already cooked/prepared usually has MSG in it to enhance the flavor. "Natural Flavorings" is MSG.

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