Shrimp can be one of the best nutritious meals – low in calories, high in protein, easy to cook.

Shrimp can be one of the best nutritious meals – low in calories, high in protein, easy to cook.

Despite their cholesterol content, shrimp are low in saturated fat, which actually plays a much more important role in raising LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Shrimp have “a good ratio of unsaturated to saturated fat,” says Lichtenstein. If you’re watching your cholesterol, it’s more important to limit your intake of red meat, butter, cheese, and other foods high in saturated fat. “If there aren’t other major dietary sources of cholesterol in the diet, that shouldn’t be a problem,” Lichtenstein says. Even people taking a statin or other cholesterol-lowering medication can include moderate amounts of shrimp in a healthy diet, says Lydia Bazzano, a professor of nutrition research at Tulane University.

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