Shrimp can be one of the best nutritional meals — low in calories, high in protein, easy to cook.

Despite their cholesterol count, shrimp are low in saturated fat, which actually plays a far more significant role in elevating LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Shrimp have “a good ratio of unsaturated to saturated fat,” Lichtenstein says. If you’re watching your cholesterol, it’s more important to limit your intake of red meat, butter, cheese and other foods high in saturated fat. “If there are no other major dietary sources of cholesterol in the diet, it should not be of concern,” Lichtenstein says. Even people taking a statin or other cholesterol-lowering medication can incorporate moderate amounts of shrimp into a healthy eating pattern, says Lydia Bazzano, a professor in nutrition research at Tulane University.

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