There is one question that a number of seafood lovers with a high level of cholesterol, have in their minds! These people would like to know whether it is safe for them to eat shrimp. People generally know that shrimps have a very high level of cholesterol. As a natural reaction, they feel that they should avoid eating shrimps. Their physicians would have definitely advised them to stay away from foods that might increase cholesterol.
The fact is that shrimp have a high level of cholesterol: dietary cholesterol. Foods that are high in dietary cholesterol do not necessarily increase the level of cholesterol in the blood. The culprit is elsewhere. It are saturated fats and trans fats that are responsible for high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Shrimps as is the case with most items of seafood have a very low amount of saturated fat.
Eating shrimp in moderate amount cannot and will not lead to a rise in the overall blood cholesterol levels. In fact, the good news is that shrimps are rich in HDL. This good cholesterol helps reduce the level of LDL in the blood. Thus, having shrimp in your diet helps to improve the cholesterol ration. In that, way shrimp is very similar in nutrition profile to eggs.
What you should remember is to eat a balanced diet that consists of seafood, poultry, whole grains, lots of green vegetables and fruit.