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Q: How much cholesterol is in shrimp and crab meat and is it good or bad cholesterol?

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5/ 6/09 5:49pm

Hi Marlene,


Dietary cholesterol (cholesterol found in foods) is not broken down into good and bad categories.  After you ingest cholesterol, the liver puts it into packages - HDL and LDL.  This is where you get the good and bad cholesterol labels.  The American Heart Association recommends limiting dietary cholesterol to less than 300 mg per day.  If you are a higher risk (have an elevated LDL), limit dietary cholesterol to 200 mg per day.


Shrimp:  ~220 mg cholesterol per 4 ounces

Crab: ~80 mg cholesterol per 4 ounces


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Interested, Community Member
2/ 9/10 8:26pm

What is the relative amount of cholesterol in shrimp and crab as compared to white chicken meat, for exmple

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By Marlene, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/24/13, First Published: 05/06/09