Prawns and High Cholesterol: Sea Food and Fish Oil Good for Heart

Question: Prawns are considered not so bad. Is it true? What about other sea foods for cholesterol? And don’t some fish contain oil that is good for the heart?

Sea Food for Heart

Prawns and crayfish are some of the shellfish that are higher in cholesterol as compared to most other types of fish and seafood. But when compared to most types of meats and poultry they are lower in total fat and saturated fat. Three ounces of prawn contain only 0.25mg of saturated fat and 166mg of cholesterol. So eating prawns is better off than eating other foods.

But fried prawns contain lots of fat so eat steamed ones.

A research study found that men who ate cheese, meat or eggs instead of scallops, mussels, clams, lobster, crab, oysters had an increase in HDL cholesterol and reduction in LDL cholesterol. Prawns and squids however didn’t improve nor harm cholesterol levels.

Fish Oil for Cholesterol

Yes some fatty fishes like tuna, mackerel, salmon and some shellfish contain omega-3 fatty acids (a form of fat found in fatty fish) that helps to prevent heart disease. Soybean products, whole grains, seaweed and beans also contain smaller amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

And a fleshy, low-growing weed purslane (sometimes used in salads) contains high amount of omega-3 fatty acid. Although these fats are polyunsaturated, their chemical structure is different from other polyunsaturated fats.

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