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July 1, 2014

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Myth Busters—Cholesterol and Shrimp

 

Shrimp has long gotten a bad rap as a source of cholesterol.  A three-ounce serving of shrimp has about 170 milligrams of dietary cholesterol, which is about 57% of a person’s daily recommended intake.  By comparison, one egg yolk has 186 milligrams of cholesterol.  Although shellfish such as shrimp are higher in dietary cholesterol than some other types of seafood, research shows eating shrimp has a net positive effect on cholesterol in the body by raising HDL, or good cholesterol, more than LDL, or bad cholesterol.  This is likely due to the healthful fat profile of shrimp—which has no saturated or trans fats.  The American Heart Association recommends shrimp as a heart-healthy choice.  The major sources of cholesterol in the American diet include eggs, chicken and beef.  A strong body of evidence indicates a higher intake of most dietary saturated fatty acids is associated with higher levels of blood total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.  Higher total and LDL cholesterol levels are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

 

Source: Seafood International.  Myth Busters: Separating Fact from Fiction in Some of Seafood's Biggest Myths/ Shrimp is High in cholesterol.  July 1, 2014.

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