How Much Cholesterol Is In Shrimp And Crab Meat And Is It Good Or Bad Cholesterol?

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Asked by Marlene

How Much Cholesterol Is In Shrimp And Crab Meat And Is It Good Or Bad Cholesterol?

Answer

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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