CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


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

Add comment  
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

Add comment
are scallops a shellfish?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 10:04 AM

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
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

Add comment
I learned from my doctor that the reason they'll ask you if you're allergic to shellfish if you go in for many kinds of tests is b/c most shellfish allergies are actually iodine allergies! So I guess they contain a decent amount of iodine??

(I am allergic to iodine, but not to shellfish - found that one out when I had some tests done and was injected with iodine, after telling them that I'm not allergic to shellfish... My reaction wasn't ridiculously severe, but still not fun. So, I guess the levels of iodine in shellfish can't be excessively high...)

Thursday, November 17, 2005, 1:30 PM

Add comment
Shellfish is different though. There might not be high levels of mercury, but there is a reason that cultures through the generations recommend that you do not eat shellfish. However, they are a wonderful source of protein and I love it.

Friday, November 18, 2005, 7:41 AM

Add comment
I have Graves Disease and one of the things I can't eat to much of is shellfish because of the iodine, it does have high levels of iodine and is very low for mercury. A lot of cultures don't eat shellfish, including practicing Jews because shellfish are considered unclean, they are bottom feeders, sort of the same thing as pork. As far as cholesterol goes a lot of it is genetic. I eat all sort of high cholesterol and don't have a problem, in fact no one in my family does. My husband on the other hand eats hardly any high cholesterol and has high cholesterol as well as most of his family.

Friday, November 18, 2005, 8:13 AM

Add comment
I'm not sure I understand the concept of bottom feeders in terms of shell fish - they do eat all the stuff at the bottom of the ocean (since that's where they live), but they are also the bottom of the food chain. Why a lot of the bigger fish have so much mercury is that mercury isn't flushed by the body, so the big fish eats the slightly smaller fish, who ate the smaller fish, who at the tiny fish, and the big fish ends up with all those other fishes' mercury in his body, which we get when we eat him.

Shellfish, on the other hand, only eat little tiny plankton or plant matter, which has almost no mercury (and probably very little other bad stuff, too, although this is where my knowledge gets fuzzy), making them, at least in that way, healthier for us to then eat.

Friday, November 18, 2005, 9:55 AM

Add comment
Your right, but for some reason they are considered bottom feeders and bottom feeders are considered unclean in many cultures. They sure do taste good though.

Saturday, November 19, 2005, 9:52 AM

Add comment
I have completely cut shellfish out of my diet. Maybe it is a function of age, but I can't take it anymore. I actually read that the water in New England has actually gotten cleaner in the last few years.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 11:20 AM

Add comment
"Shellfish" is a ridiculously unspecific term, encompassing crustacea (shrimp, lobsters) and mollusca (mussels, clams). Totally different kinds of animals, totally different nutritional content. Shrimp float around in the upper layers of the water, and are not "bottom feeders." Lobsters are true bottom feeders, eating rotting fish from the sea floor, while mussels and clams are filter feeders. Treating all these animals as one category is like saying chicken and dragonflies have the same nutritional content because they have wings!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 1:17 PM

Add comment
I thought bottom feeders meant they crawled along the bottom of the ocean, therefore consuming more heavy metals like lead and mercury, regardless of whether they ingested plant or animals. I have a mild reaction to shellfish, I think it's the iodine. After a very embarassing date in high school - where I spent half a movie throwing up in the restroom - I avoid too much of these. Love salmon and other fish though!

Thursday, October 26, 2006, 5:04 AM

Add comment
Not All Shellfish are bad

There are certain countries that have taken progressive steps to eliminate polluion form their local waters and as such, the shellfish caught there is cleaner and healthier than other places. New Zealand, for example, has setup dozens of protected areas where fish and shellfish are protected from pollution and overfishing; as a result, the food caught in these areas contains lower levels of mercury and other contaminants than elsewhere.

Friday, April 13, 2007, 6:02 PM

Add comment
scallops are a shellfish

Yes Scallops are a shellfish. The big Shell oil sign is actually a scallop shell

Friday, April 13, 2007, 11:21 PM

Add comment
it is so yummy, who cares!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 4:08 PM

Add comment

I am a US Marine and lift weights on a regular baisis and cardio, in my diet is almost constily with boiled shrimp and salad, and thats about it, i take Winadrol by CTD labs, i have a mean ass six pack, killer arms and a body people would dream ta have, and my cholorsal levels are fine, mostly becuase the Winadrol lowers cholostal levels, its a bad ass diet and it works!!!!


Sunday, October 14, 2007, 1:37 AM

Add comment
Unless you have allergies, shellfish are generally pretty healthy.

Most are low in fat/calories, high in protein and iron, and the cholesterol is not significant if you eat it on an occasional basis.

Oysters, clams and other mullusks are considered bottom feeders and potentially unhealthy or dangerous because they are actually filter-feeders, so if they are cultivated in contaminated water, they can be poisonous. HOWEVER, there are current processes for pasteurizing oysters that purify them.

[I don't know whether clams or mussels are pasteurized, but they don't have the same issues as oysters, and aren't eaten raw as often]

Most restaurants and seafood houses buy pasteurized oysters from reputable wholesalers.

Anecdotedtly - my grandmother has eaten oysters, shellfish, and fish her whole life at least 3-4x a week and is healthier at 93 than most people I know.

Sunday, October 14, 2007, 12:55 PM

Add comment

All fish is good for you. If you start listening to shite like this you will end up in the laughing house worrying about how fishy your fish should be before its unhealthy and other counterproductive shitey arguments.

Eat what the fuck you like but avoid too much shit food. What's shit food? I think we all know. Forums like these are an exercise in self deception.

Monday, December 17, 2007, 8:38 AM

Add comment
Incidentally - refuse pastuerised oysters. They are compromised in terms of flavour. If you are too much of a gay lord to eat oysters in their natural state then don't eat them. They should be consumed raw and fresh. Only a bloody American could come out with the shite I've just read.

Monday, December 17, 2007, 8:40 AM

Add comment
bottom feeders/marines

hmmm...too bad you can't spell worth a sh*t, despite your 6-pack...

Me thinks you need a bit more "skooling," bro! (or, do a spell check, eh?)


Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 12:07 AM

Add comment
classic PT - a 3 year old thread gets revived to insult a post from nearly a year ago!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 8:24 AM

Add comment
How can shrimps be virtually fat free (by looking a their nutritional info) and STILL have cholesterol???

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 11:39 AM

Add comment
comment to US marine

wow You Sound SOOOO FU****G STU***. Can you please figure out where your a** is from your mouth and then post things on the web?!

WOW! I LOVE US MARINES, but you are just a shame.

Thursday, August 26, 2010, 2:31 PM

Add comment
Yes, they really can hurt you. Not only are the oceans more polluted than ever, the shellfish are the worst of the bunch. They eat everything on the bottom and that means everything and anything. You are literally eating garbage.

Friday, August 27, 2010, 10:08 AM

Add comment
The link below will give you great information about fish/shellfish as a food source. It's not all about why they can do for us, it's about how we can respect them as a food source.


Friday, August 27, 2010, 11:12 PM

Add comment
Great link, thanks a lot.

Saturday, August 28, 2010, 10:48 AM

Add comment

Has it really been three years since the
  • Wholesale Jerseys last World Baseball Classic? As we approach the second-ever World Baseball Classic odds, it is never too soon to start examining the power players. Keep in mind that after this WBC
  • NFL Shop , they will only come once every four nfl nike jerseys Here's the four major players in the upcoming 2009 WBC:

    United States +150 In baseball,cheap stitched nfl jerseys being an unknown team helps you because you become harder to scout and harder to prepare for
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • . Take a chance with the Cubans again. They take this tournament very seriously. As far as World Baseball Classics lines go, stitched nfl jerseyslook for the U.S. team to be a real underdog heading into the 2009 tournament
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • ?they might be worth a bet to win it all if the price is right.

    The Yankees underachieved in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and you can be assured that they will make some concerted effort to right the ship
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • . They boasted a fairly talented roster but neglected starting pitching, which was eventually the difference.

    Japan +800

    This is a pretty penny for a team that won the entire tournament in 2006. They are worth a flier here because keep in mind
  • Buffalo Bills
  • , for the most part, cheap nfl jerseysthe Japanese team is an unknown commodity. A lot of people are making assumptions and although the public perceives they are more flukey,cheap nfl jerseys than good, stitched nfl jerseysthe reality is that this is a stellar team. We're starting to get a taste with Ichiro
  • Carolina Panthers
  • , Daisuke Matsuzaka and Akinori Otsuka, but they are more than capable of winning it all again. Definitely a team to consider when you bet on the World Baseball Classic.

    Cuba +1000

    Speaking of great unknowns, it doesn't get much more mysterious than the Cuban team
  • CFL Jersey
  • . This team lost in the finals to Japan in 2006,cheap stitched nfl jerseys disappointing sportsbook diehards everywhere. The Cubans have a squad full of potential MLB All-Stars.stitched nfl jerseys cheap Last time around, the team was worried that a number of them might defect
  • Cleveland Browns
  • ,stitched nfl jerseys even though that that never turned out to be the case.

    Dominican Republic +175

    Go ahead, argue with a team that has Albert Pujols
  • Chicago Bears
  • , Alfonso Soriano, Jose Reyes and David Ortiz.stitched nfl jerseys cheap The sportsbooks certainly won't be debating it
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • .cheap stitched nfl jerseys Interestingly enough, stitched nfl jerseys cheapthis team doesn't have as much starting pitching as you might think and if the US team brings some good starters, they should be able to beat this team. Bartolo Colon and Francisco Liriano led this starting rotation in 2006. They have some work to do but they can clearly outhit anyone.

    Friday, June 24, 2016, 3:15 AM

    Add comment

    Friday, January 27, 2017, 6:01 AM

    Add comment

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:28 AM

    Add comment

    pandora jewelry store

    canada goose jacket outlet

    Michael Kors Outlet

    ugg clearance

    Air Max Sneakers

    Jordan Store

    reebok running shoes

    Uggs Pas Cher Soldes

    nike sneakers

    scarpe nike

    Nike Pas Cher Femme

    Lebron 13

    cheap uggs

    Canada Goose Outlet

    ugg boots cheap

    nike air schuhe herren

    Boty Nike Air

    air jordan

    uggs for women

    Ugg Boots On Clearance

    nike free

    toms shoes outlet

    nike tn pas cher


    Nike Air Sneakers

    nike shoes

    Moncler Store

    Moncler Outlet Online

    Uggs Outlet Store

    Moncler Jackets Discount Marketplace

    huarache sneakers

    canada goose sale online

    Chestnut Ugg Boots

    hyperdunk 2014

    cheap uggs for women

    Stone Island Outlet

    Air Max Femme

    nike joggesko

    adidas outlet

    ray ban wayfarer eyeglasses

    nike jordan shoes

    ugg outlet online

    Pandora Beads And Charms

    Doudoune Moncler Femme Pas Cher

    Yeezy Boost Sale Online

    moncler outlet

    portafoglio michael kors

    Air Jordan Release Date

    Ugg Classic Tall

    Coach Bags On Sale

    chaussure basket homme



    Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10:24 PM

    Add comment

    Basketball shoes

    ate spade handbags

    cheap ray ban sunglasses

    ray ban outlet

    Prada bags

    abercrombie outlet

    michael kors outlet online

    cheap moncler jacket

    michael kors outlet

    KD 8 shoes

    pandora bracelets

    official prada site

    nfl shop

    burberry online

    Chanel bags Outlet

    mk handbags

    coach outlet

    brand sunglasses

    mcm outlet

    burberry outlet

    nike shoes australia

    beats studio

    pandora rings

    cheap coach purse


    kate spade black friday

    prada handbags

    nike basketball shoes

    sunglasses hut

    pandora charms sale

    longchamp outlet

    Hermes Outlet

    Nike Air Max

    pandora australia

    burberry outlet canada


    me adc2.20


    Monday, February 20, 2017, 2:37 AM

    Add comment
    Cash Advance

    Really remarkable blog post! As I is thinking about gleam how to enlarge a dick promptly. And even noticed your weblog as a result of Google and yahoo. At present follow-up Cash Advance Bless you designed for writing.


    Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:58 AM

    Add comment

    Related Content:

    How To Lose Weight- The Basics
    Weight Watchers Points System
    The Fat Smash Diet
    The Eat To Live Diet
    The Beck Diet Solution
    How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


    How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

    How To Burn Fat
    Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
    Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
    Tips On Using PEERtrainer
    Visit The PEERtrainer Community
    Diet and Fitness Resources


    Weight Watchers Meetings
    Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
    Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
    Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
    How I Became A Marathon Runner


    Preventive Health

    How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
    Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
    Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
    Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
    Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

    New Diet and Fitness Articles:

    Weight Watchers Points Plus
    How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
    New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
    New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
    Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

    Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

    Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
    How To Delay Short Term Gratification
    How To Stay Motivated
    How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

    Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

    Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
    Are Protein Drinks Safe?
    Nutrition As Medicine?

    Everyday Weight Loss Tips

    How To Eat Healthy At A Party
    How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
    The Three Bite Rule
    Tips On How To Stop A Binge