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Jun 29, 2007 03:23 PM

TC, lobster, and cholesterol

I would like to think that "experts" in food would not continue to circulate the urban legend that lobster is a high cholesterol food. At about 61 mg per 3 oz. it is in the same ballpark as beef and chicken, including the lower fat versions of the latter. Not a *low* cholesterol count, but given that it is much lower in calories and saturated fat than chicken or beef it is, by those counters, healthier.

Shrimp, now, is much higher, but scallops are even lower than lobster.

Rant over.

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  1. well the "experts" probably count the drawn butter.

    1. lobster is also very high in gout

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      1. re: irwin

        gout isn't a substance. it's a metabolic disease that causes a buildup of uric acid in the blood. uric acid is produced when your body breaks down substances called purines, and yes, lobster does contain a moderate level of purines, but so do other shellfish...and all sorts of meats, and legumes, and oats, and some vegetables...

        and regarding the initial post topic of dietary cholesterol...

        those 'experts' also need a lesson in nutritional biochemistry. eating foods high in saturated fat elevates blood cholesterol much more than consuming foods that contain cholesterol. so in fact, Ela0427 has a point. the butter will raise your cholesterol, while the extremely lean lobster meat itself really won't.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Yes, I hear this stupid argument all the time. I've also heard that the cholesterol tables floating around popular magazines are flawed. The measurements done decades ago were inaccurate for seafood. In any case, dietary cholesterol does not equal blood chotesterol.