Not to be avoided, seafood actually increases good cholesterol levels in the body

Suara.com – Seafood is high in cholesterol, such as lobster or shrimp. However, research shows that cholesterol in the diet does not have a negative effect on heart health.

Although seafood is high in cholesterol, actually this type of food also increases the good cholesterol or HDL cholesterol in the blood. This was evidenced in a study published in Atherosclerosis in November 2017.

Based on reports LivestrongHDL cholesterol serves to clean extra cholesterol from the arteries or blood vessels and return it to the liver to be broken down and excreted from the body.

The amount of cholesterol in seafood varies widely. Crutcea or marine animals such as crustaceans contain the highest cholesterol levels.

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Illustration of shelled seafood. [Freepik]
Illustration of shelled seafood. [Freepik]

According to the USDA, cooked shrimp has 59.8 milligrams of cholesterol, cooked lobster has 41.4 milligrams of cholesterol, and crab has 29.8 milligrams of cholesterol.

The amount of cholesterol in fish varies, but is generally lower than the amount of cholesterol in shrimp.

For example, tilapia contains 16.2 milligrams of cholesterol, cod as much as 17.3 milligrams of cholesterol.

On the other hand, seafood is a good source of protein, especially the high content of omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.

The USDA recommends adults eat 8 ounces of seafood each week.

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“Seafood may contain the heavy metal mercury, however, the health benefits of fish outweigh the risks of mercury consumption,” advises the USDA.


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