Shrimp, Lobster, and Cholesterol Levels – Do these raise cholesterol?

by Colin Carmichael

If you’re a shrimp or lobster lover … and there’s a lot of you out there … the news that they are high in cholesterol probably didn’t sit very well with you.

Shrimp, Lobster and Cholesterol Thoughts of Surf-and-Turf clogging your arteries and increasing your risk of a heart attack really took a lot of the enjoyment out of the meal, didn’t it?

But here’s an interesting tidbit that you probably haven’t been told…

You see, foods with high cholesterol content have little or no effect on your blood cholesterol levels.

What matters is this…

Is the food is a cholesterol-forming food? In other words, does it cause cholesterol to form in the blood?

It's irrelevant whether or not the food contains cholesterol.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive at first, but think about this…

It wasn’t that long ago that doctors told their patients who had water retention to STOP drinking water.

The logical and accepted thought was that if you drank more water it would make the situation worse.

Of course, we now know that to be completely false.

If you’re retaining water you actually want to drink more water. Drinking more will help flush it out.

The body only retains water when it’s not getting enough and begins to store it up.

Look, I know this analogy isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison with how cholesterol in food works.

But it is another example that what seems logical at first glance isn’t always how the body works in real life.

The facts and nutritional research confirm that eating moderate amounts of shrimp and lobster simply aren't going to elevate your cholesterol numbers.

Because the cholesterol that occurs naturally in these foods doesn't equate to cholesterol in your bloodstream.

But get this…

Eating lobster can still have a negative impact on your blood cholesterol levels.

Before you think I’m switching gears on you or changing my mind on all this, let me tell you why I say that…

You see it all depends on whether you eat your lobster “dry” … or if you dip it in butter or margarine. The difference is a big one and I’m guessing it’ll surprise you.

Make the right decision with that, and you can relax knowing that shrimp and lobster aren't ruining your cholesterol numbers.

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