Of course we all know that certain foods are “bad” for us. We know that poor nutritional habits are related to high blood-pressure/diabetes/cardiac problems and other health issues. If your cholesterol levels are above recommended limits, your doctor has already given you a diet to follow. But that doesn’t stop us from craving/indulging in stuff we that know spells trouble.
We crave/enjoy junk-food because of its taste, the way it makes us feel, certain contrasting “orosensations” in the mouth, memories of past experiences or nostalgia, as a response to stress or other emotional triggers etc.
Read on to know what foods cholesterol-watchers should avoid.
1: Shellfish! You’re Kidding, Right?
The junk-food industry is a highly sophisticated one, with amazing research-study going into the exact crunch of a potato-chip to make it tastier! Yet, there are other lurking villains like shellfish which contain huge amounts of cholesterol in proportion to serving-size, comparable gram for gram to beef, pork, poultry.
King-crabs (71mg), lobster (61mg) and oysters (58mg) are particularly high in cholesterol, so keep tabs on them if they’re part of your menu.
Did you know that shellfish were high in cholesterol?
2: Shrimp Shocker
Shrimp poses a dilemma for cholesterol-watchers. A 3oz serving or 8-10 pieces of medium-sized shrimp contains 179mg cholesterol and it’s also high in sodium. However, shrimp eaten in moderation can be good for you, as it’s known to be a heart-healthy food that improves the “good” vs “bad” cholesterol ratio.
A healthier cooking method like grilling, barbecuing or steaming is preferred, with a dash of seasonings, olive oil and lemon for flavor.
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3: Chuck the Duck
Duck is not on your everyday menu, but it’s flavorful, rich and extremely tasty. It contains beneficial proteins, iron and Vitamin B.
Plus it’s cholesterol-rich, especially if you include the skin. Duck contains saturated fats so if you’re cholesterol-watching, ensure that you choose duck that’s prepared without much fat. Baked, roasted or braised is better than fried. Though it’s yummy, avoid crispy duck.
Do you cook and eat duck often? What’s your favorite healthy way of cooking and serving duck?