Cholesterol Advice

Cholesterol and Sea Foods- Some Facts

Sea food forms a major part of human diet across all places with proximity to the sea. In fact, the taste and the intricacies of sea food dishes find an enormous fan-following even in the inlands. However, is sea food free from cholesterol? Does its consumption lead to high levels of blood cholesterol? Let's try to find out the answer to these questions.

Cholesterol in Sea Food
Scientific reports prepared by respectable universities and institutions indicate that the level of cholesterol in sea food is significantly less than what is found in dairy and meat products. However, inferences from these reports offer different opinions for those suffering from high blood cholesterol. Many of them say that since the level of cholesterol is at least two times less than what is found in animal products, it is safe to eat sea-food.

Others recommend that low levels of cholesterol don't mean that we gobble on sea food. In fact, its quantity should be regulated to four to five times a week. The bottom line in these scientific reports still remains the same: since we already produce whatever cholesterol we need, eating foods rich in cholesterol (be they animal products or sea food) is unnecessarily burdening the body.

Eat Sea Food or Not: What Should You Do?
If you are suffering from higher levels of total blood cholesterol then it is advised that you find out what is causing this problem. If diagnosis indicates high levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, then you should ideally avoid sea food in your diet. Yet, if you still want to eat sea food then it is advisable for you to  lower down the amount of saturated fats in your diet.

Also, you should try to avoid foods (especially processed foods) that contain high amounts of trans and saturated fats. If diagnostic results turn out to be negative then you can continue eating sea food, although you need to eat sea food preparations in regulation.

Further, if it is indicated in the diagnosis that the problem of high cholesterol is due to lower levels of HDL cholesterol then it is advised that you eat sea food which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help in the formation of HDL cholesterol, which is considered to be good cholesterol. High levels of HDL cholesterol would definitely help lower down the cholesterol levels in blood stream.

A direct comparison between sea food and animal products and other products containing saturated fats would indicate that cholesterol is still present in sea food, its levels are 1 ½ to 2 times lower than those present in the latter category. Hence, eating sea food in regulated quantities would do no harm (or significantly less harm) than other types of food.