Seafood should NOT be avoided while trying to lower your cholesterol. Many people believe that seafood may raise their cholesterol due to its high fat and cholesterol content. However, eating fish is a heart healthy food option due to the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids it contains. Omega-3's have become increasingly important due to their potential to reduce blood pressure and chance of developing blood clots.
Omega-3's are essential fatty acids which means we need to get them through our diet because our bodies cannot make. Omega- 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce triglyceride levels. Also, Omega-3 fats help prevent cardiac arrhythmias. In addition, Omega-3 fatty acids act as an anti-inflammatory, reducing heat, pain, and swelling. Studies have found that people who eat fatty fish, tend to have higher HDL or "good" cholesterol which helps remove and lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week. To avoid adding unhealthy fats, fish should be baked or grilled instead of fried. People who do not like fish can get omega-3 fatty acids from foods such as ground flax seed or canola oil. Fish can be used as a healthy option for you to use as a substitute for meat or poultry.
June 12, 2015. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research