Shrimp – Is It Meat?

Since meat is defined as an animal’s flesh, shrimp technically qualifies as meat. As a crustacean or shellfish, which is frequently distinguished from the meat of terrestrial animals, mainly for religious reasons, shrimp is categorised because it has a hard external shell and lives in the sea.

For example, eating shellfish is forbidden by the Jewish faith. Consequently, even while the Jewish faith does not outright prohibit meat, it does distinguish between the categories of meat that its adherents may eat and the category of shellfish.

In a similar vein, Catholics are only permitted to eat fish on Fridays during Lent. The Catholic religion considers shrimp to be a type of fish and allows its consumption on Fridays.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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