Because of their many nutritional benefits, prawns are considered by a variety of health experts to be among the healthiest foods in the world. Prawns are a great source of high quality protein, and provide some of the most important vitamins and minerals that make up a healthy diet. They are surprisingly low in calories and fat, rich in antioxidants and are made up of extremely healthy cholesterol. Prawns are a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins B12 and E.
Prawns are small aquatic crustaceans similar in appearance to shrimps, but they can be distinguished by the gill structure which is branching in prawns and not in shrimp. They also have exoskeleton and ten legs some of which can be eaten.