Nutrition | My cholesterol level and seafood?

Why would my cholestal be high if i am eating healthy foods...
would seafood do it?


Posted by Reply
Myfit Expert
78 Posts
2/20/2003 4:50:27 PM
Let's deal with the first question first...

Factors that influence your cholesterol are as such;

Heredity - Some people are just genetically born to absorb more cholesterol than others or produce excess cholesterol in their liver. Sure it's not fair but it happens.

Thyroid Gland Disorder - the Thyroid gland affects metabolism and can elevate levels of cholesterol.

High Fat diets - Do I even need to explain?

Smoking - Smoking raises levels of LDL (that's your bad cholesterol)

Exercise - Exercise raises HDL levels (that's your good cholesterol..but it's still a cholesterol)

Alcohol consumption - studies have shown that moderate drinks can improve your health, but it does affect cholesterol levels.

Stress - Stress will raise your HDL levels, so try to relax.

In regards to Seafood..

Almost all types of fish and shellfish contain well under 100 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 ounce cooked serving, and many of the leaner types of fish have less than 60 milligrams. Shrimp contains somewhat higher amounts of cholesterol, over 150 milligrams per 3 ounce cooked serving, and squid has a significantly elevated cholesterol content which averages from 300-400 milligrams per 3 ounce cooked portion. Lobster, crab and shrimp contain slightly more cholesterol than red meat, but less than eggs.

Don't get me wrong, Seafood, like red meat, is a good source of high quality protein. This means it contains all the essential amino acids needed to build and repair body tissue. In addition, new research is showing that the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood, especially the fattier fishes, may be effective in lowering blood cholesterol and triglycerides.

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