People no longer need avoid shrimp for its high cholesterol. Steamed shrimp, naturally low in fat, can be included in heart-healthy diets for people without lipid problems, report scientists from The Rockefeller University and the Harvard School of Public Health in the November American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"Most high-cholesterol foods are also high in saturated fats, which people should restrict in their diets. But we found that steamed shrimp, high in cholesterol but very low in fat, do not adversely affect the lipoprotein profile in people with normal cholesterol levels. In fact, if shrimp are substituted for beef or other high fat foods, we predict even more favorable effects," says first author Elizabeth De Oliveira e Silva, M.D., research associate in The Rockefeller University Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism. A meal containing 150 grams, about 5 ounces, of steamed shrimp provides only 1.7 grams of fat, including 0.36 grams saturated fat, and 150 calories, compared to 150 grams of beef, which contains 14 grams of fat, including 4.7 grams of saturated fat, and 390 calories.
Nine out of ten persons I know of love seafood and especially shrimp. What most shrimp lovers fear is the high Cholesterol in shrimp that may produce artery - blocking plaques causing heart attack. Even Doctors have been advising old people to avoid shrimp.
As with all seafood, shrimp is high in calcium and protien but low in food energy. A shrimp-based meal is also a significant source of Cholesterol from 7 mg to 251 mg per 100 g of shrimp, depending on the method of preparation.