The Shrimp and Cholesterol Connection

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For years, I’ve avoided shrimp because it’s high in dietary cholesterol. But when asked me to write an article entitled, “Clarifying the Connection Between Shrimp and Cholesterol” I was stunned to find I’d been avoiding one of my favorite (and easy to prepare) foods for far too long.

Yes, it’s true – shrimp does have a lot of dietary cholesterol. Specifically, one serving of 4 large shrimp contains 42.5 milligrams of cholesterol (according to the NYU Langone Medical Center’s All About Shellfish).  And that 42.5 mg is about 20% of the 200 mg maximum dietary cholesterol recommended for those with high cholesterol or at risk for heart disease.