Shrimp, eggs and similar foods are on the “do-not-eat” list for many people who are watching their cholesterol levels. That’s because a small serving of 4 ounces supplies about 220 mg of cholesterol.
For people at high risk for heart disease, that amounts to a full day’s allotment. (For everyone else, 300 mg is the upper limit.)
However, shrimp is very low in total fat (about 1.5 grams per serving) with almost no saturated fat at all – which is good for the arteries.
Another desirable aspect to shrimp’s fat content is that it’s high in omega-3 fats, which are very important for cardiovascular health.
What Does The Research Say?
In 1996, there was a fascinating study from The Rockefeller University and Harvard School of Public Health.1 In the study, 18 men and women were fed about 10 ounces of shrimp, supplying nearly 600 mg of cholesterol, every day for three weeks.
After the three weeks were up, the shrimp diet did in fact raise the “bad” LDL cholesterol by about 7% compared to the low cholesterol baseline diet. However, it also increased the “good” HDL cholesterol by 12% and lowered triglycerides by 13%.1
Even though shrimp DOES increase your “bad” LDL cholesterol, it actually increases your “good” HDL cholesterol slightly more. So, shrimp can be part of a heart smart diet as long as it is enjoyed in moderation, eaten boiled, baked or grilled, … and not served fried or drowning in butter.
But the cholesterol in your foods isn’t really the main cause of a heart attack or stroke. There are many other factors that are far more important – such as your hormone profile, life-style and proper supplementation.
Here’s something else I want you to consider…
The BIG PictureDid you know that heart disease is the #1 killer2, killing more people each year than ALL the other diseases COMBINED?!!2 So, improving your cholesterol levels is very important... but it's just ONE factor out of many, when it comes to decreasing and turning-back heart disease. You also need to improve your HDL/LDL ratios, triglycerides, homocysteine and other lipid levels. Ultimately, your goal isn't even to lower cholesterol or to reduce heart disease - but to NOT have a heart attack or stroke. It's to NOT die prematurely.
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