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Is shellfish really that bad for you?

I've heard that I should only eat regular (salmon, tuna) rather than lobster, shrimp. Anyone have any more info on this?

Wed. Nov 16, 9:40am

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Salmon is great for you! You have to watch your tuna intake due to higher mercury levels and keep it to two servings per week. I think some shellfish (shrimp) may have higher cholesterol levels but haven't heard that it's just plain bad for you. Shrimp is not high in calories though. Good fish to stick with are salmon, mahi mahi, halibut, cod & tilapia.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 9:53 AM

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are scallops a shellfish?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:04 AM

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shellfish is fine....

Just because a food is high in cholesterol does not mean it will raise your cholesterol. In fact cholesterol is necessary for brain function-it has gotten a bad rap because high levels are linked to (but not necessarily the cause of) heart disease. Shellfish is any sea animal with a shell, including mussels, shrimp. scallops, crab, clams and lobster. They are all good for you, but like any other food, eat in moderation and avoid farmed varieties.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 11:52 AM

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It is the bottom feeder of the ocean though. Everything they eat, you eat. It's not like salmon, or cod or the like. I know many people that have allergies to shellfish and not to the other swimmers.

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 7:58 AM

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Here is an easy-to-read table with mercury levels in different fish and shellfish. Shrimp, lobster and scallops are in the "low mercury" category.

Shrimp do contain cholesterol, but much less than eggs, meat and dairy.

Bon appetit!


Thursday, November 17, 2005, 9:22 AM

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