Shellfish removed from cholesterol "bad list"
Health experts finally agreed to remove shellfish from the cholesterol "bad
list". New advice on the NHS Direct website emphasises the importance of low fat
foods in the diet and states that this is more important than the cholesterol
they naturally contain.
Over the past year, the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) has questioned the
old advice that shellfish, particularly prawns, should be avoided by people
trying to control and reduce their blood cholesterol.
nutritionists in this country were approached, it was clear that the low-fat,
low-calorie qualities of shellfish, including prawns were more important and
generally beneficial to healthy eating," SAGB Assistant Director Clive Askew
"Although some shellfish contain cholesterol, they are low
in saturated fat. It was agreed there was no reason to exclude prawns as it is
mainly the saturated fat content of the diet that is known to increase blood
cholesterol levels. Shellfish like oysters, cockles and mussels also contain
plant sterols which are viewed as good and these species are anyway low in
cholesterol, containing less than chicken.
Shellfish is healthy
The news has been welcomed by the Scottish Shellfish
Marketing Group, which supplies over half of Scotland's harvested
Commenting, Donny Gillies, Managing Director said: "We welcome the
decision by NHS
to review the health benefits of shellfish. It proves
what we have always known, that fresh Scottish shellfish is some of the best
and healthiest food in the world.
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