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If I have a high level of cholesterol, can I eat shrimp, crabs, and other types of fish?

Shrimp, crabs, and lobsters are higher in cholesterol than most types of fish, but lower in fat and saturated fat than most meats and poultry. These foods can be eaten on a cholesterol-restricted diet in moderation. It is important to remember that fish, like other meats and poultry, should be baked, broiled, or grilled, not fried.

Consuming some types of fish may be beneficial to someone with high cholesterol. Fish contains a type of fatty acid called omega-3 fatty acids that may help lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Fish with higher fat content, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, contain more omega-3 fatty acids. Most new dietary guidelines now recommend consumption of at least 2 servings of fish per week.






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