Weighing In: Can I eat shellfish if I have high cholesterol?

Heather Reese Health Guide
  • Question: Can I eat shellfish if I have high cholesterol?

    Answer:
    While the American Heart Association recommends limiting dietary cholesterol, recent research shows that dietary fat is a larger factor in your body’s cholesterol levels. A diet high in saturated fat can increase your total cholesterol and LDL levels, which raises your risk of heart disease.

    While shellfish is not considered a low cholesterol food, it is low in total and saturated fat so it can still be part of a heart healthy diet. They key is to control your portion size and avoid using high fat cooking methods or sauces.
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Published On: January 09, 2007