Shrimps are high in protein, but also fall under the high cholesterol category. But other major constituents like fat, calories and carbohydrates are low. Fats are a group of compounds that are mostly soluble in organic solvents and insoluble in water. Cholesterol is made by our bodies to aid in building cells and a membrane around the cell to protect it.

About 100gm of cooked shrimp contains almost 190mg of cholesterol. People at risk of cardiovascular diseases can’t ingest more than 200mg of low density lipids in a day. Other factors also come into play like the type of shrimp, its source and so on. Steaming this seafood instead of deep frying may help to a certain extent.

Animal Liver, Kidney, Brain


These include liver, kidney and brain from all sorts of sources like chicken, mutton, goat, pork or beef. Most of these are high in proteins, vitamin A, iron and vitamin C, but the spiked cholesterol levels make them an absolute no-no for those with high levels of the same already. Organ meats hold more concentrated levels of cholesterol.

Using palm oil for cooking such food is not a good alternative either, as it is very high in saturated fat. It’s true that dietary saturated fat is not found to be associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease. But for the small number of folks whose blood cholesterol goes up significantly in response to dietary cholesterol, it can be dangerous.