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This list states that fish and other sea foods are high in cholesterol but is it the bad HDL or LDL they are referring to?

Asked by pleiades (6228 points ) January 19th, 2013

So in general, is the cholesterol found in fish, shell fish and squid/octopus high in bad cholesterol?

Here is the list and website

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YARNLADY's avatar

You should probably do a lot more research for a definitive answer. I would be more worried about mercury in the fish.

pleiades's avatar

@YARNLADY I’m hoping we have a health guru jelly here! :D

But I will be doing some internet searching

Lightlyseared's avatar

LDL is usually referred to as the bad cholesterol. HDL is the “good cholesterol” as if you have too little HDL you are at increased risk of heart disease.

The cholesterol you find in any food will be a combination of LDL, HDL and other lipid molecules but dietary cholesterol doesn’t actually raise your cholesterol level that much. The main cause of the cholesterol in you is eating too much saturated fat which the liver then converts to LDL cholesterol. As fish are generally very low in saturated fat (assuming you don’t add saturated fat during the cooking process) eating a portion of fish shouldn’t be a problem.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Most fish are rich in omega-3 fats, which are considered much better than the fat in most red meat.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Fish and seafood are usually good for you. They give you the HDL.

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zenvelo's avatar

All I can say is that when my mom was dealing with high cholesterol when she was in her seventies, her doctor said “no more shellfish”.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree with @YARNLADY Do some research. The way I have always thought of HDL and LDL, is the LDL is the cholesterol that sticks in your artieries and causes plaque buildup, while HDL are circulating freely back to the liver. The last 15 or so years the medical doctors have been advising trans fats (basically hydrogenated fats) and saturated fats increase total cholesterol and LDL. My personal experience is my cholesterol goes up when I eat cholesterol. Even eating saturated and trans fats is not near as bad as me consuming cholesterol. Although, I am curious to try an expirement on my HDL LDL ratio if I complete stop “bad” fats; I have not paid attention closely to that. My only point is, if you are trying to bring down your cholesterol, try little expirements for a month at a time and see what happens. My cholesterol comes down fast when I cut my cholesterol, yet still high. If I stopped all animal products I feel confident it would be in the normal range. Don’t just go by diet recommendations, go by your own body and real lab tests.

When you consume food Chlesterol is one number and fat is another. The fat is usually broken down into saturated, mono saturated, etc.

Two years ago coconut oil was a big no no because of how saturated the fat is, now it is the new rage.

I am not a medical professional.

boxer3's avatar

LDL and VLDL are the “bad” cholesterol

rooeytoo's avatar

I always understood it as @zenvelo says, shellfish is a no no but other fish is good. @YARNLADY pointed out the mercury scare but it is my understanding that as long as you stick with small fish, the risk is minimal. So eat more sardines and less tuna.

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