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Large Shrimp

Monday, January 28, 2013

A friend mentioned the other day that her doctor told her to avoid shellfish. "But I LOVE shrimp!", Karen lamented. I'm guessing that her doctor said that because she has high cholesterol.

I said, "I think shrimp are fine to eat - as long as they're not breaded and fried"

Yesterday a different friend. Tom, visited and brought over a big bag of peel and eat shrimp to share so I decided to do a little research. I went to SP's nutrition tracker. According to that 6 large shrimp have only 33 calories, no fat, no carbohydrates, and 7 grams of protein. That sounds fantastic to me - and they tasted fantastic, too.

I was right about not frying them. Then the calories jump up to 109 with 5 grams of fat.

And regards to the cholesterol, I've read on SP that dietary cholesterol doesn't affect your blood cholesterol as much as saturated fat does. 6 shrimp had no saturated fat to speak of.

I've got to call Karen and invite her over to help me finish all these large shrimp.

They're delicious. And good for you. (Why do some doctors give out misinformation?)
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    1877 days ago
    It's not really misinformation as much as over simplification, which happens with lack of patient time. If you don't get time to talk to your patient outside of "what is wrong," you end up not knowing how much info they can take, and will give generalizations that are simpler to follow.
    1878 days ago
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