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Did you know trees help rid the atmosphere of contaminants and reduce air pollution? The effect isn’t great – trees only remove about one percent of airborne pollution – but a new study from the U.S. Forest Service concluded that trees in the U.S. save more than 850 lives a year by performing this important function. They estimate the reduction in pollution prevents 670,000 occurrences of acute respiratory symptoms, adding up to an impact on human health valued at nearly $7 billion. The investigation showed that while pollution removal by trees is higher in rural areas, the impact on human health is greater in urban centers where more than 80 percent of us live. The study looked at four pollutants for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established air quality standards: nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxcide and particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in aerodynamic diameter. Pollution related to particulate matter was linked to 130,000 deaths, while deaths related to ozone totaled 4,700 in 2005, the study found. In addition to being a primary environmental concern, air pollution is linked to a number of negative effects on health, including increased risks of pulmonary, cardiac, vascular and neurological diseases.
David Nowak et al, “Tree and Forest Effects on Air Quality and Human Health in the United States," Environmental Pollution, doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2014.05.028
Poached, grilled, sautéed or broiled, we love shrimp in just about any dish, any time of year. But somehow serving shrimp during the winter holidays seems extra special — thankfully without extra work or worries when you buy it at Whole Foods Market.
Searching for an unexpected dish that will delight guests while the turkey finishes cooking? Think shrimp. Hoping for a dish that’s high on the wow factor and low on prep time? Think shrimp. Here are a few of our favorite shrimp recipes for entertaining:
- Shrimp Cocktail with Sauce. It doesn't get more classic than shrimp cocktail for party season. Try this version with hot pepper sauce and prepared horseradish or change things up with Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Green Onion Dipping Sauce.
- Quick and Easy Shrimp Dip. Make this luscious dip up to two days ahead and serve it with vegetable crudités and whole wheat crackers.
- Deviled Eggs with Shrimp. Like shrimp, deviled eggs disappear fast at parties. Double your guests’ delight with shrimp garnish on stuffed eggs.
Why wait for a special occasion for something so delicious? Shrimp is also a tasty shortcut for those in-between meals this holiday season.
- Thai Shrimp and Carrot Salad. This Health Starts Here® salad is a light and refreshing salad served over a bed of rice noodles — the perfect weeknight remedy to heavier holiday meals.
- Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp. With a base of creamy coconut milk, rich butternut squash, a hint of spicy peppers and succulent shrimp, this soup will warm your family up on a chilly evening.
- Shrimp and Feta Pizzas. Frozen Key West pink shrimp, canned diced tomatoes and flatbread means dinner in about 15 minutes!
New to shrimp? We can help. Here are our top three tips for choosing and cooking shrimp:
- Shrimp size is expressed in the format of count per pound. Weight is affected not just by length/girth, but also by whether or not shrimp is peeled or has the heads/tails on. For example, 31/40 means there are approximately 31 to 40 shrimp per pound.
- Fresh shrimp should be kept refrigerated and cooked within two days; frozen can be kept in a sealed bag for up to 60 days in the freezer.
- Boil shrimp for approximately 4 to 6 minutes (depending on size) until they turn pink and opaque. Do not overcook; they will become tough.
Happy Shrimpsgiving…With a Side of Standards
Our shrimp standards are worthy of their own holiday…so we gave them one. Like all of the wild-caught seafood in our fresh cases, our wild-caught shrimp is rated either a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” by Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Safina Center. And we prohibit preservatives, which are commonly used on conventional shrimp.
Choosing farmed? We’ve got you covered with shrimp that’s farmed responsibly, indicated by our Responsibly Farmed logo which means the shrimp has been raised according to our strict Aquaculture Standards and third-party audited to ensure that the standards are being met. Our standards include:
- No preservatives, no antibiotics, no land animal products in feed
- Fully traceable from the farm to our seafood case
- Farms all 3rd party audited
- No conversions of sensitive ecosystems such as mangrove forests into shrimp farms
To maintain the delicious flavor of shrimp and nothing else, ours are flash frozen within hours of harvest — without preservatives. Some competitors may sell farmed shrimp cheaper, but it’s likely chemically treated.
Looking for another time-saving tip this holiday? With sweet and tender shrimp, our Responsibly Farmed Cooked Shrimp Platter is perfect for an elegant, instant appetizer. It includes our signature cocktail sauce with a horseradish kick. Many stores offer a shrimp platter as part of their online ordering selection, and you can always pick one up in store.
What’s your favorite way to serve shrimp during the holidays?