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Seafood Dilemma: Shrimp vs. Scallops

Move over boneless, skinless chicken breast, there are a couple other lean proteins taking over the plate: shrimp and scallops.

These jewels of the sea make for tasty entrees, as well as appetizers or salad toppings. Easy and quick to make, they're adaptable to almost any cooking method and can be grilled or sauteed, broiled or baked. How do they compare nutrition-wise? Find out when you


Serving Size: 6 ounces Scallops Shrimp
Calories 150 180
Protein (g) 28.5 34.6
Total Fat (g) 1.3 2.9
Sodium (mg) 274 252
Omega-3s (g) .52 .58
Iron (mg) .5 4.1

Nutritionally, it's hard to choose between scallops and shrimp, since they're quite comparable. When it comes to iron content, shrimp is not so shrimpy, containing almost 25 percent of an adult woman's recommended daily intake. Both are also high in vitamin B12, which supports metabolic function among other things.

Not quite sure how to prepare either type of shellfish? Try shrimp and whole wheat couscous or spiced scallops with balsamic-braised cabbage.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love shrimp, but I don't eat them very often. Maybe I should, since they're pretty healthy. Even though they're high in cholesterol, you don't really have to worry about it too much because dietary cholesterol doesn't have as much of an effect on your total cholesterol as your saturated fat intake.
audrina audrina 8 years
Yummy!!!!!! I love both of these and can't get enough of them. Although I do know they are high in cholestrol. DARN!!
littlebee182 littlebee182 8 years
oh this is weird!!!! this whole week I had been wondering this same question (since I've been eating scallops and shrimps like crazy--weird cravings?). I think I like scallops better though. mmm
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years Yummy, now you just make me crave for them. How about crabs's nutrition?
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
mmm i love both!!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Loooove them both. :)
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Yay! An excuse to eat more scallops! I love them sauteed and drowned in lemon juice. :D
lotka lotka 8 years
Shrimp are high in cholesterol, which is why I try to avoid them. Do any of you know if scallops are as well?
deanna024 deanna024 8 years
I hate when they give portion sizes like "6 ounces." Does anyone visually even know what 6 ounces looks like?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I'm allergic to both of these. Is there anything else I can eat that's comparable? I can eat fish...
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
Scallops are my absolute favorite!!! I love shrimp too though.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
omg i LOOOOVE scallops, its good to see both of these seafood options are so healthy!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
I love them equally, but lately I've been on a scallop kick
jessicaeden jessicaeden 8 years
I looove them both!!
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