Can I Eat Shrimp as Part of a Low Fat Diet?

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Shrimp is one of our most-loved seafood but given their high cholesterol content, should we limit our intake?

Shrimp Are Low in Fat

Many people steer clear of shrimp because of their high cholesterol content. Yet, unlike other high-cholesterol foods, shrimp are actually low in saturated fat and total fat.

Recent research suggests that foods that are high in dietary cholesterol alone don’t raise blood cholesterol levels as much as foods that are high in saturated fat.

In the case of shrimp, this is possibly due to the protective properties of omega-3 fatty acids.

The Dietary Guidelines Committee in 2015 recommended removing the 300 mg limit on daily intake, recognizing the latest research findings.

So go ahead and enjoy eating shrimp. If you're concerned about fat and cholesterol, avoid deep-fried shrimp or shrimp cooked in creamy sauces. And don't follow your shrimp appetizer with a big juicy burger or steak.

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