Red or pink prawns: benefits and properties

They are appealing at any time of the year. In fact, they can be ideal both in a beach bar in summer, enjoying them with a little salt and lemon, or at Christmas (where their consumption increases considerably for these popular and traditional holidays).

It becomes in fact one of the most consumed seafood, and although there are different species the best known is the one called Red shrimp or pink (which receives the scientific name of Aristeus antennatus), although it is also common white prawn (or common).

In fact, we could almost say that the red shrimp is one of the most popular and consumed during the Christmas holidays, while in the rest of the year it is common to eat the white shrimp. Although we can find it all year round in the fish market, it is usual for its consumption to increase from October to December.

It consists of a decapod (ten-legged) crustacean, which belongs to the family of penaeidae. It has a characteristic appearance of reddish-pink color, its flesh being smooth, soft, white and pink stripes.

Benefits of red prawns

High iodine content

The red shrimp is characterized for being a seafood that stands out - and surprises - for its high content of iodine, a mineral beneficial for the proper functioning of our metabolism.

It regulates our energy level, while regulating the correct functioning of the cells. In addition, it helps regulate our cholesterol (however, we must take into account its high cholesterol content, so its consumption is not recommended in people with high cholesterol).

Low in fat but high in cholesterol

100 grams of prawns provide only 1.40 grams of fat. However, it is a seafood that has a high cholesterol content, providing 150 mg. of cholesterol.

For this reason, it is a seafood that can be consumed with moderation in control diets and weight loss, but is not advised in people with high levels of blood fats (both cholesterol and triglycerides).

Ideal for the most natural beauty

Thanks to its high content of iodine and other minerals, it is a particularly suitable seafood to enjoy the most natural beauty, thanks to the fact that it helps to strengthen the skin, nails and hair.

Nutritional information for red prawn


94.20 kcal.


19 g


1.50 g

Total fat

1.40 g


150 mg



B12 vitamin

1.90 ug


215 mg


90 mg


115 mg


69 mg

This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist.

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