Cholesterol in Shrimps Is No Longer Bad for You

Published: 09th March 2009
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So is shrimp good for you or bad for you? Shrimp is low in fat, but high in cholesterol. There is much confusion about the fat and cholesterol amounts in shrimp. Shrimp is very low in total fat, tough it is quite high in cholesterol content. There are many people who will not eat shrimp because of its high cholesterol content. Yet, based on studies about shrimp and cholesterol levels, not eating shrimp because of this is not necessary.

A four-ounce serving of shrimp, will give you 28.2% of the daily allowance of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is one of the nutrients that keep levels of homocysteine low, and this is good because homocystine is a molecule that can cause damage to blood vessel walls, and it is also deemed a significant factor in heart disease. Shrimp are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to stop blood clots from forming. Four ounces of shrimp have 14.8% of your daily need of Omega 3.

Studies have shown that the high percentage of good fats in shrimp reduces the impact of cholesterol. Most people can eat shrimp as part of their balanced diet. Cholesterol from food only has a negative impact if it is absorbed, and saturated fat seems to aid in this absorption. If you are eating foods high in saturated fat, this will increase LDL cholesterol. Most high-cholesterol foods (such as meat, eggs, and dairy products) are also high in saturated fat, and increase LDL. This is not true for shrimp, there is no saturated fat.

One serving of a dozen large shrimp has 130 mg of cholesterol. There is really no problem with this, because shrimp is low fat and is a good source of highly unsaturated fatty acids, which produce high density lipids, known as good cholesterol. Eating shrimp might in fact lower blood cholesterol levels, and higher good cholesterol levels.

It is now known that the amount of cholesterol in shrimp is about 130 mg per 3 oz of raw shrimp, which is about 12 large shrimp, there is only two grams of fat in the shrimp. The amount of cholesterol in an equivalent portion of regular ground beef is about 110 mg, and has about 20 grams of fat. Shrimp have high levels of valuable unsaturated fatty acids, which increase HDL cholesterol levels, which are the good cholesterol, so easting shrimp as a part of your diet can decrease your overall cholesterol.

If you are a shrimp lover, you are safe to eat your shrimp. As studies progress you may find that it is a food that you do not have to eat in lower amounts; which has already been hinted at. It is a healthy and tasty food that can be a part of your low cholesterol diet.

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Daniel on September 13, 2011 said:
I love shrimp, its good to hear I no longer have to feel guilty about eating it.

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