Are Shrimp Bad For You?

Do you like shrimp? We sure do! Whether breaded, stewed, or sushi-fied, our Bellevue Japanese restaurant is your source of shrimp and prawns! However, you might have heard that these curly little crustaceans may not be the best thing for you to eat, that perhaps their cholesterol level is surprisingly high for an ocean-based food. Have no fear, though, for we have good news for cautious shrimp fans.

The important thing to remember about cholesterol is that there are two different kinds: the bad kind (LDL cholesterol), that creates a deadly plaque inside your blood vessels, and the good kind (HDL cholesterol), that cleans out LDL cholesterol. While shrimp do indeed feature a high cholesterol-to-body-mass ratio, and they have been shown to raise the level of LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream, it has also been observed that they raise the level of HDL cholesterol even more. Researchers agreed that this nets to a favorable ratio of good vs. bad cholesterol for those with a shrimp-rich diet.

Meanwhile, shrimp is still providing its one-two punch of vitamins, omega-3, selenium, zinc, and other vital nutrients. So come on down to Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue, and don’t be afraid to dig into shrimp!