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NancyM55 posted:
Does anyone know how high shrimp is in cholesterol?
EricE_MA responded:
It is high at 157 mg cholesterol / 100 g shrimp (about 3.5 ounces). However, shrimp does not increase dietary cholsterol.(1) In fact, in a review the Endocrinology Society says: "Sterols in shellfish and shrimp do not appreciably influence the serum cholesterol unless fried, cooked in butter, or consumed in large quantities." (2)

(1) Childs MT, Dorsett CS, King IB, Ostrander JG, and Yamanaka WK. (1990) Effects of shellfish consumption on lipoproteins in normolipidemic men. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 51:1020-7.

(2) Kreisberg RA, Oberman A. (2003) Medical Management of Hyperlipidemia/Dyslipidemia. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 88: 2445-2461.
EricE_MA replied to EricE_MA's response:
Errr.... That was supposed to say "shrimp does not increase BLOOD cholesterol" not "dietary cholesterol."
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD responded:
It's not that the amount of cholesterol in the food we eat doesn't have a possible light negative impact--it's just that other dietary factors like the amount of saturated fat in food has a bigger impact.

So when foods like shrimp which are low in fat and saturated fat are also fairly high in cholesterol, I wouldn't put them in the "avoid or limit" category.

Great question! Thanks EricE for sharing the information from the Endocrinology Society too!

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