Freshwater Prawns are native to Malaysia. In recent years they have been exported to the United States and raised as a viable alternative to traditional aquaculture products such as catfish, talapia, crawfish, and striped bass.
Prawns are a great source of nutrition. There have been numerous studies conducted analyzing prawns and thier associated nutrition content. One such article on prawns states the following:
"Dr Stanton said prawns are an excellent source of protein and a great way to get iron, zinc and vitamin E.
"As a bonus, they have very little fat and virtually no saturated fat and are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. These valuable fats lower triglyceride levels and have many other benefits for heart health" Dr Stanton said.
"Prawns have less fat and therefore contain a lower level of omega 3s than some other seafood (like Atlantic salmon), but the omega 3 content in prawns (average of 120 mg/100g) is well above the minimum 60mg/serving required for an official label of 'good source of omega 3 fatty acids."
The article also gives the following information with regard to the nutrition content of prawns.
||100 grams (about 4-5 medium sized prawns)
|Omega 3 fat
Large Adult Prawns
Large Adult Prawn
Young Adult Prawns