1. Food
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

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


Brian MacDonald/Photodisc/Getty Images
Question: Can I Eat Shrimp as Part of a Low Fat Diet?
Shrimp are one of our most loved seafoods but given their high cholesterol content, should we limit our intake?
Answer: 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.

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.

Low Fat Shrimp Recipes

Related Video
Low Fat Black Bean Soup
Low-Fat Asian Crockpot Chicken

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.