Soft shell Crabs Question

I work for a restaurant group (on the corporate side) and I was at one of our locations yesterday.

The Chef made me an AMAZING soft shell crab sandwich. Kind of Banh Mi - ish with pickled veggies and all. It was really great.

But he told me that it is ok (and recommended) that I eat the crab, shell and all. Now, it certainly wasn't hard or anything, but I still felt weird about it. I felt like I was eating shrimp with the shell on, ya know? I did it, and really enjoyed, but my brain was telling me not to!

Anyway, my question is, is it really ok to eat the shell? Do you when it comes to Soft Shells? Do I just need to get over it?

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