Can you eat too much shrimp?

In this brief article, we will answer the query,” Can you eat too much shrimp?” We will also discuss how much shrimp is considered too much. We will explain how many shrimps kids and pregnant women can eat. We will finally briefly discuss the nutritional profile of shrimp and some risks associated with eating shrimp.

Can you eat too much shrimp?

No, you should not eat too much shrimp because it can result in allergic reactions and cause heart problems. This is because shrimp contains a lot of cholesterol and sodium which can result in the development of heart disease.

If you eat more than 300 grams of shrimp in a day it can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. People with shrimp allergies should also steer clear of eating shrimp completely so as to avoid allergic reactions.

How much shrimp is considered too much?

People who are generally healthy and have no underlying heart conditions can eat upto 300 mg of cholesterol in a day. As per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 100 grams of shrimp have about 187 mg of cholesterol which is about 63 percent of the Recommended Dietary Intake.

If for example you consume about 100 grams of shrimp everyday you are therefore less likely to experience any adverse side effects. However, people that have high levels of cholesterol then they should watch out for their shrimp intake.

Consumption of 300 grams of shrimp can provide about 561 mg of dietary cholesterol which is almost twice the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI). This puts you at risk for developing heart diseases as well as fatty liver disease.

There is no set level for shrimp consumption, however it should be noted that for all foods you should never overconsume. This holds true for all types of shrimp such as wild shrimp, farmed shrimp, frozen shrimp, fried shrimp and imported shrimp. 

How many shrimp can kids eat?

As per the Foods & Drugs Administration (FDA), shrimps are considered one of the best shellfish to consume and are generally safe for kids to consume. Kids that are aged 1 to 3 years and do not have shellfish allergy or shrimp allergy can consume up to one ounce or 3 medium sized shrimps.

Kids that are aged 4 to 7 years can consume  up to 2 ounces (6 medium sized shrimps) in a day. Kids that are aged 8 to 10 years can eat up to 3 ounces while kids aged 11 years can consume up to  4 ounces of shrimp in a day. 

Shrimps are a good source of protein and 100 grams of shrimp can deliver 24 grams of protein which is 48 percent of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI). In addition, kids require protein in order to boost the development of muscles and therefore shrimp should be incorporated as part of kids’ healthy diet.

How many shrimp should pregnant women eat?

Shrimps are generally safe for pregnant and lactating women. Shrimps also contain very low levels of mercury making them safe for the growing baby.

Additionally, shrimp are an excellent source of essential nutrients which are required for the normal development of the baby. They have low amounts of calories with only 99 cals in 100g.

As per the Foods and Drugs Administration guidelines, pregnant and lactating women can consume 4 ounces of shrimp per serving and can safely consume 2 to 3 servings in a week.

What is the nutritional profile of shrimp?

100 grams of shrimp can typically  provide the below nutrients:

  • Cals: 99 
  • Protein: 24 grams (48% of Recommended Dietary Intake)
  • Potassium: 259mg (7% of Recommended Dietary Intake)
  • Selenium: 69% of Recommended Dietary Intake
  • Vitamin B12: 35% of Recommended Dietary Intake
  • Phosphorus: 17% of Recommended Dietary Intake
  • Zinc: 11% of Recommended Dietary Intake
  • Calcium: 7% of Recommended Dietary Intake
  • Magnesium 9% of Recommended Dietary Intake

What are some risks of eating shrimp?


Some people have tolerance to shrimp only to a certain amount. However, consumption of too much shrimp can result in allergic reactions such as tingling in the mouth, swelling (of the face, nose, mouth, ears, fingers, tongue, throat), hives, trouble breathing, diarrhea and also lightheadedness,  dizziness and  fainting.

Increased Risk For Bacterial Infection

Shrimp as well as other sea organisms can contain marine bacteria known as Vibrio (Vibrio vulnificus). When you consume such shrimp as well as other shellfish you can develop an infection known as Vibriosis.

Another pathogen known as E,coli has also been found in some shrimp. To reduce such infections, always ensure that you only consume properly cooked shrimp.

You can read some health benefits of eating shrimp here.


In this brief article, we have answered the query,” Can you eat too much shrimp?” We have also discussed how much shrimp is considered too much. We have explained how many shrimp kids and pregnant women can eat. We have discussed the nutritional profile of shrimp and some risks associated with eating shrimp.


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