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Which Seafoods Are High In Cholesterol?

Heart attacks are one of the most known causes of death in the world. And having high overall cholesterol levels have been linked to not one but several lethal heart diseases. And so, if you are a seafood enthusiast like me, you would want to know which seafoods have high cholesterol and which don’t.

So you can avoid the high cholesterol ones and still get to eat the food that you love.

But before we get to that, lets first understand what cholesterol actually is because it is one of the most misunderstood substances out there.

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that plays an important role in the production of many hormones in our body like vitamin D and bile. Both of which are necessary for digesting fats.

Cholesterol can also be found in animal products like eggs, meat and dairy. So if you consume those products, you also consume cholesterol.

But the interesting part is that your liver also produces its own cholesterol. Your body uses this cholesterol for different functions. So when you consume additional cholesterol from animal products, your liver then compensates for that by producing less cholesterol of its own.

There are 2 different types of cholesterols – LDL and HDL

Low-Density Lipoproteins and High-Density Lipoproteins.

Why lipoproteins?

Cholesterol doesn’t mix well with liquids like blood. So it has to be transported through you body via lipoproteins. And that’s where they get their name.

LDL or Low-Density Lipoproteins are the harmful cholesterol that you might have already heard of. These LDLs are known for causing the plaque build up in your arteries that then cause heart attacks.

HDL or High-Density Lipoproteins are the opposite of LDLs. They help get rid of excess cholesterol from your body, thus making your body healthier.

Now that we know the basics of cholesterol, lets get into which seafoods are high cholesterol so you can avoid them and which ones you can eat.

 

Seafoods That Are High In Cholesterol

The amount of cholesterol in different types of seafood varies widely. It also depends on where they are sourced from. But here are some that are high in cholesterol according to the USDA:

  • Crab: 29.8 milligrams
  • Cooked shrimp: 59.8 milligrams
  • Cooked lobster: 41.4 milligrams
  • Cooked clams: 19 milligrams
  • Wild Atlantic salmon: 20.1 milligrams
  • Cooked tilapia: 16.2 milligrams
  • Cooked cod: 17.3 milligrams

 

Are There Any Risks In Eating High Cholesterol Seafood?

Studies have shown that there is no link between dietary cholesterol and heart diseases. At least in the general population.

What do I mean by this?

The research that was conducted, showed no signs that people who consumed high levels of cholesterol through animal products were at any higher risk of heart disease. This included people that consume large amounts of cholesterol in their diet through animal products.

However, there are some people that are considered as “hyper-responders” or “non-compensators”, these people were more vulnerable to heart diseases after consuming food that had high dietary cholesterol.

So, if you don’t know which one you are, it is better to be cautious about it and stay on the safer side rather than going YOLO.

If you are worried about heart diseases, then you should be focusing on the LDL to HDL ratio. This is the most important thing that will predict whether you will suffer from a heart disease in the near future or not. Make sure you ask your doctor what ratio is healthy for your age and body type and whether you should do something about it.

 

Benefits of Eating Seafood

Now that we know high dietary cholesterol won’t cause you heart attacks, lets talk about the benefits and risks of eating seafood.

There was a study published back in 2017 that found that oily fish increased the HDL cholesterol levels in blood. This is the good cholesterol.

But wait, there’s more. Before you go binging on oily fish, make sure you finish reading the entire article to know about all the risks for consuming a lot of seafood.

Seafood is also known to be a great source of protein and nutrients. So much so, we wrote an entire article about it. Check it out here.

And not just protein, it is also known to contain a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are also known to decrease the risks of heart disease.

This makes the case for why you should eat seafood at least 2-3 times each week. But then there’s the mercury problem.

The higher your consumption of seafood is, the more mercury you will be consuming. So it depends whether the benefits of consuming seafood outweighs the risks for you.

And not just that, you should also take into account if you have any other healthier alternative where you aren’t taking as much risk.

We will however list the low mercury seafood options that you have available. And also the high mercury option that you should avoid.

 

Low Mercury Seafood Options

  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Pacific oysters
  • Atlantic mackerel
  • Herring

 

High Mercury Seafood Options

  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Marlin

 

How to Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

It is important to make sure that your cholesterol is at healthy levels. But you can’t know that without having it checked. The CDC recommends that you get your levels checked every 4 to 6 years.

But, if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, or if you already have diabetes then you should be getting your cholesterol levels checked more often. Same thing applies if your family has a history of heart disease, or if you are overweight.

All of those factors increase the risk of you having higher bad cholesterol levels in your body. And the more often you are getting it checked, the most up to date you will be about what is going on in your body.

So what is a healthy cholesterol level?

According to the CDC, these are healthy blood cholesterol levels:

  • LDL cholesterol: less than 100 mg/dL
  • HDL cholesterol: greater than 40 mg/dL
  • Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL

If you have a high cholesterol or if you want to avoid ever getting a high cholesterol level in your body, then there will be some lifestyle changes that you will have to make. Most of these will be dietary changes but these changes will not be something that you follow for a short time.

It will be something that will stick with your for the rest of your life.

So before you making any changes, make sure you get with your doctor, determine your current cholesterol levels and ask them for advice on what you should be changing in your life to achieve a better cholesterol level.

Too many times we see people just getting their cholesterol checked and then just researching on the internet to see what changes they can make. And while that is a good thing, you should always go to the doctor and ask their advice on these things.

They will be able to customize the changes for your life goals and your body type. All the advice that you find online is generalized.

I hope this article helped you.

Best Fishing Net For Bass

When you start getting into fishing, you think about fishing rods, reels, lures, etc. But rarely do people think about fishing nets. It is usually an afterthought because, in 90% of the cases, people just grab the net that’s hanging off the wall at their local fishing store and move on with the trip.

While there’s nothing wrong with that, you want to make sure that the nets you are using are specific to the species of the fish that you are planning to catch.

I know, all nets look the same, so why should anyone bother to get a different net for different species of fish?

That’s what I will be covering in this article. So you can know exactly what kind of net you should be using for bass. But not just for bass, you will know which net to use for any kind of fish that you catch.

So without any further ado, let’s just jump right into it.

 

What Should You Be Looking For In a Net?

 Yes, all nets look the same. But….

Your Target Species

 It all depends on what kind of fish you are planning to catch. In this article, we are going to be focusing on the best bass fishing net. But most people are into all kinds of fish. I’m one of those people who want to learn how to catch almost every species of fish out there.

Whether that is northern pike, walleye, etc.

For bass, you need a net that has a smaller hoop and a shallow net. Because bass by nature is smaller fish compared to walleye and catfish.

 

Netting

There are different types of nets that are available.

Knotted and knotless, coated nylon, rubber, non-coated nylon, you name it, they’ve got it.

So here’s the difference between each of them.

Coated nylon and rubber – these are the most fish-friendly nets out there. They are smooth and do not scrape the scales of your fish or remove their protective slime.

If you are going to catch and release the fish, then coated nylon and rubber nets are the best. You want to avoid your fish suffering unnecessarily.

Non-coated nylon and knotted nets – these are the more abrasive nets out there. You should get these nets if you are planning to keep the fish. Because these scrape their scales and also remove their protective slime, you should only choose this net if you are planning to cook the fish.

In general, though, you should always go for a mesh-treated net. Sure, they are a tad bit expensive than the non-mesh-treated nets, but treated nets always deliver better performance.

You get fewer tangles because of the rubberized materials and their rigid property compared to a non-treated mesh.

Another thing you should think about is the mesh holes. Like I mentioned above, there are different nets for different species. You just have to know which species you are going to fish for that day and get that net.

For example, if you are planning to fish bass and walleye, then you will need a heavy mesh with holes that are about an inch in size. These are smaller holes in comparison. If you are planning to catch larger fish, then you should go for a net that has larger holes, about 1.5 to 2-inch holes is what I recommend.

The larger mesh does make your job easier because, with the larger holes, there is less water resistance. So you can move the net through the water easily compared to a net with smaller holes.

 

Net Handle

Net handles depend on what you prefer. Most fish net handles are made from wood, fiberglass, aluminum, or composite. Obviously aluminum and fiberglass are stronger so most people go for that. And they also have a minimalist look and feel to it, and minimalism is all the craze these days.

If you are old-school, then you might prefer a well-crafted wood handle. But you need to make sure that you have an eye for it. If you choose the right wood handle, it will have an incredible natural look and will also be lightweight and strong. Almost as strong as aluminum and fiberglass.

Once you decide which handle you want to go with, you should also decide the length of that handle.

Small handles are great because you don’t have to worry about them not fitting in your car. The problem is, you will have to get the fish to come close to the boat to be able to net it.

On the other hand, longer handles work very well in deep waters when the waves are high or when you are in a deep V hull boat. It all depends on what kind of situation you will find yourself in.

If you want to keep your options open, then you should go for a telescoping handle. These handles have grown in popularity recently because you can retract them for better storage but you can also expand them if you want to fish in deeper waters.

But even with telescoping handles, they come in various lengths. So you will have to decide what length is the longest you can go.

 

Hoop Size

The hoop size depends on the type of fish you are planning to catch.

For bass, a hoop that is 19 to 23 inches in length is perfect. Depth should be 16 inches deep.

Anything less than 19 inches and you will find yourself with a net that is better for smaller fish, like a panfish.

If you are a multi-species angler like me, then you might only need one net and you’ll be fine.

But if you like to go for larger fish every now and then, then you might need to buy 2 different nets. For larger fish like northern pike, you will need a net that is larger than what you would use to catch bass.

 

Best Bass Nets For Fishing Alone

If you are going to be fishing alone, then the Frabill Power Stow Net is the best net for you. You can easily control it and it also has a telescoping handle. So you can extend it from 30 inches to 48 inches. But you have to make sure that you are locking in your telescoping handles correctly.

I have heard a lot of people say that their telescoping handles collapsed when they were trying to catch a fish.

The Frabill Power Stow Net comes with a coated micro mesh flat bottom net. This is the perfect net for someone like me.

Sometimes I like to go on fishing trips and just catch and release. I don’t plan on bringing any fish back with me. So the coated mesh helps keep the fish not get injured, while I can have my fun. And when I do decide to bring some fish back, I can do that without having the fish go through so much pain of knotted mesh and whatnot.

Another great net you can go for is the Ranger Nets telescopic handle net. This one is very similar to the Frabill Power net but it weighs more. 2 ½ pounds compared to 2 pounds. And it also has a shorter retraceable handle. 29 inch X 45 inch.

 

Which Bass Fishing Net Should You Buy If You Are On a Budget?

Well, if you are on a strict budget of let’s say $50, then you wouldn’t go wrong with the Ranger 400 Series Pear-D Landing Net. This one has a 36-inch handle, a 22 x 20-inch hoop, and a 30-inch net depth. It is perfect for multi-species fishing and obviously, it is perfect for catching bass.

The downside is that the net does not have any coating, so you might not get as good a performance out of this one as the coated ones. Also, the fish you catch may get abrasion from this net. Another thing to note is that this one does not come with a retractable handle. The 36-inch handle is a fixed handle.

All in all, this is a great net for someone on a budget or if you are just starting out and getting your feet wet (no pun intended 😊).

I hope this article helped you with deciding which net you wanted to buy.

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Too Much Shrimp

Shrimps are known to cause high LDL cholesterol. This is the cholesterol that can cause plaque to build up in your arteries which can then contribute to a heart attack or a stroke. It happens when a clot in your artery is big enough to block the flow of blood.

And yes, shrimps are delicious but you should know that shellfish like shrimp and others are some of the dirtiest kinds of seafood out there. Some even call them the insects of the ocean.

But there are benefits to eating shrimp. It is known to be free of carbohydrates and high in protein. It is one of the rare kinds of foods out there except your isolate whey protein. Not just that, shrimps also have a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids which is always advised to be included in every diet.

So yes, you can eat shrimp whenever you want as long as you do moderate your intake. Eating too much of anything will cause you problems. And with foods like shrimp and other shellfish, those problems will start happening earlier rather than later.

 

Can You Replace Red Meat & Chicken With Seafood?

It is always a good idea to cut back on red meat, especially if you are having it 3-4 times a week. Or even 2-3 times a week. That’s already too much red meat. Sure you can turn to chicken or vegan meat, but let’s be honest, how much chicken are you going to eat? And vegan meat is just not at that level yet where you can’t differentiate between real meat and vegan meat.

And you want to mix things up, so you turn to seafood.

Crab legs, tilapia, lobster, you name it. All of them are delicious and they are a great source of protein. A bit more expensive than your chicken and red meat, but they are good.

But wait, Ronald, I’ve read so many articles about the high levels of mercury in seafood. Should I be concerned about that? Or should I just ignore that and go about my way?

 

Should You Be Concerned About High Levels of Mercury In Fish?

Short answer, yes. You should be worried about it and try to not go overboard with seafood consumption.

Here’s the long answer.

Seafood has been tainted with mercury for a long time. Seafood is one of the top ways humans accumulate more mercury in their system.

Thing is, mercury can dissolve in water. And it can also be absorbed by sea creatures. This means all this mercury is being passed down through the food chain. Think about shrimp, crawfish, etc. They ingest this mercury and are then eaten by other larger fish.

But then you might ask – what if I just eat shrimp and crawfish? Wouldn’t they have less mercury compared to the bigger fish that might have eaten these shrimps?

No.

You want to avoid consuming more mercury in general. And to be sure that you are not consuming too much, you need to check the source of the seafood to make sure that your fish or shellfish isn’t contaminated.

If you are going to be eating seafood multiple times a week or replacing your red meat consumption altogether, then you should avoid fish that are high on the food chain. Fish like a shark, white tuna, swordfish, bass, etc.

In general, though, you should avoid eating too much seafood. Or relying on it too much.

The best way to stay healthy to have a mix of all types of meats. This includes red meat, goat meat, chicken, seafood, etc.

 

Can Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women Pass Mercury To Their Child?

Yes.

It is always advised that breastfeeding and pregnant women avoid eating too much seafood because they can pass mercury to their children through breast milk or through the umbilical cord if the baby isn’t born yet.

My best advice is to avoid eating seafood altogether when you are pregnant just to avoid this risk. And once the baby is born, you can go back to moderately eating seafood while also making sure that the source of your food is good and not contaminated.

The main reason for avoiding additional mercury is because it is known to cause severe symptoms especially in developing children.

Mercury poisoning can have massive neurological symptoms like:

– Anxiety

– Memory loss

– Depression

– Physical tremors, etc.

For children, mercury poisoning can show these symptoms:

– Problem-solving issues

– Difficulty learning or speaking a language

– Impaired hand-eye coordination

– Unaware of their physical surroundings

The problem with mercury poisoning is that you can’t just go to a hospital and get tested for it. It develops over time. So if you are someone that comes in contact with mercury more frequently than others, then it is also possible that you might think that it is normal to have so much mercury around you.

And before you know it, you have very high levels of mercury in your body.

 

Summing Up

We all want to enjoy different kinds of food while making sure that we are staying healthy. Not to mention we also want to keep our environment healthy. That’s where we get all our food from.

Because there is so much waste that is being dumped in our oceans, there is so much mercury in our seafood. And these levels will keep rising until we find a better way to deal with the waste that is created every day.

Until then, you want to make sure that you are having a healthy diet of red meat, chicken, and seafood. And don’t forget your vegetables. You’ll thank me when you’re 60.

5 Health Benefits of Eating Crab Legs

We always advocate for safe fishing and the type of fishing that doesn’t hurt the environment. And we also want to make sure that there is enough seafood in the world so that it doesn’t run out because humans are fishing too much. You can find all of that information on our website.

But, we are often asked – Is crab good for you?

It is a valid question because everyone in our circle is a seafood enthusiast.

And here’s the short answer: Yes.

Even if you eat crab legs every day, you should still experience some benefits but we advise that you don’t overeat it. Just like every other seafood, there is a point where you can eat too much of it. And when it comes to seafood, there is no point of diminishing returns, instead, there is a point where it starts hurting you more than it benefits you.

But that’s a topic for another article.

In this article, lets dive deeper into the top 5 benefits you can experience eating crab legs.

 

  1. It is an incredible source of Omega-3 fatty acids

You didn’t know this, did you?

Crab meat is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and it also contains a good amount of vitamins and minerals. The kind of minerals that will help you with brain development and also protects you from several heart diseases.

The best part is that the Omega-3 that you get from crab meat is the long chain variety which your body can immediately consume and use.

Every other source of Omega-3 fatty acids out there (vegetables and oil) are the short-chain variety. When you consume it, your body first needs to convert it into long-chain before it can use it which is all good. But the problem is, our bodies aren’t very good at converting short-chain Omega-3 fatty acids to long-chain fatty acids.

So it is possible that it loses a lot of it during the conversion process.

 

  1. A great source of protein

Yeah yeah we know whey protein is the best way to quickly get 25-50g of protein in. But if you want to get the most bioavailable protein source out there, crab meat is it. No question.

And if you compare it with other sources of protein like chicken, beef, goat meat, etc. crab meat has as much protein per 100g as any other meat out there, with nowhere near the levels of saturated fat as those other sources of meats.

Consuming crab meat will result in you having a lesser risk of heart diseases and combine that with the Omega-3 fatty acids you get, you will live till 100 if you stick with a crab meat diet.

And the cherry on top is how easy it is to digest crab meat mainly because of the lack of connective tissue. So this is probably the best source of meat for even your grandma who might have issues digesting beef. But crab meat will be best for her.

 

  1. It has Copper and Phosphorus

Most people focus too much on making sure that they are consuming enough iron and copper gets a backseat in that conversation. But copper is heavily involved in the absorption, storage and metabolism of iron. And not just that, copper also plays a crucial role in forming red blood cells, maintaining blood vessels, nerves and also keeping the immune system healthy.

So if you think about it, copper is the mastermind that works behind the scenes while iron takes all the credit.

And wouldn’t you know, crab meat contains almost 30 times the copper found in other sources of meat like beef, chicken and salmon.

Phosphorus is usually available in huge quantities in the body. It is also the second most abundant mineral. Calcium is the first.

Phosphorus plays an important role in maintaining and strengthening of bones, teeth, etc. It is essential to have enough phosphorus in the body to make sure that your skeletal health is in top condition.

Not just that phosphorus is also heavily involved in metabolic actions such as converting your food to energy, kidney functions and cell growth. Needless to say, having enough phosphorus is crucial for your well being.

And consuming just 100g of crab meat will give you 62% of the daily recommended value of phosphorus for both adult men and women.

 

  1. It contains Selenium

Selenium plays an important role in our body’s defense system. It makes sure that it can either prevent or quickly repair the damage to cells and tissues. This alone makes it something that we all should be looking out for.

On top of that, it also plays an important role in our immune system and the thyroid hormone production and metabolism. A lot of people that suffer from thyroid problems are known to have lower levels of Selenium.

And while all shellfish are a good source of Selenium, crab meat is just on a completely different level.

With just 100g of crab meat, you can get 112% of the daily recommended value for men and 140% of the daily recommended value for women.

So if someone says that beef is a good source of Selenium, send them a link to this article so they can discover that crab meat is the king of Selenium.

 

  1. It also contains Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin

Vitamins are water soluble and so they are not stored in our body. This makes it important that we consume enough vitamins on a daily basis to avoid becoming deficient in any one of them.

Vitamin B2 plays a crucial role in the production of steroids and red blood cells. It also ensures that your body is growing at a normal rate while also maintaining the skin, eyes and your nervous system. And we all need our nervous system to be performing well so we can do what we do.

Riboflavin also plays a role in the absorption of iron and the activity of antioxidants.

But here’s the interesting part, the more active you are, the more riboflavin your body needs. So all the athletes and bodybuilders that are reading this, make sure you are taking enough riboflavin and are not sticking with the general daily recommended allowance guidelines.

 

Summing Up

We are working on an article where we talk about what happens if you eat too much seafood. Because we know this article recommends eating crab meat because of all the benefits we just mentioned. But it is always a good idea to mix in the types of foods you are consuming to make sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs.

Not just that, eating too much seafood can also cause some serious issues. But that only happens if you go WAY overboard with it. For the most part, we think you are alright if you eat crab meat once every day.

So, be on the look out for that article. And I hope you eat crab meat today instead of beef 😊