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Is there cholesterol in fish? Is fish high in cholesterol? How much cholesterol is in fish? Is fish safe for a cholesterol sufferer? Is there cholesterol in fish oil? How to cook up fish the low cholesterol recipe way?
Here you will find all your fish cholesterol answers.
So why is fish cholesterol not ringing alarm bells? It's because fish mostly have very little fat in them and fish have almost nil saturated fat. So although the cholesterol in fish is not much better than what you would find in meat, it's draw card is that, without much saturated fat, there is almost nothing in fish for our body to convert to cholesterol. Meat on the other hand, with it's saturated fat, can fuel the body with the saturated fat to make cholesterol.
There are several thousand types of fish with varying amounts of fish cholesterol:
Fish cholesterol for some common fish:
Anchovies canned in oil contains, 0.8mg fish cholesterol per gram
Bream contains, 0.9mg fish cholesterol per gram
Cod contains, 0.6mg fish cholesterol per gram
Flake / Shark contains, 0.6mg fish cholesterol per gram
Flathead contains, 0.8mg fish cholesterol per gram
Gemfish contains, 0.6mg fish cholesterol per gram
Morwong contains, 0.7mg fish cholesterol per gram
Mullet contains, 0.9mg fish cholesterol per gram
Mulloway contains, 0.8mg fish cholesterol per gram
Pink Salmon canned in brine contains, 0.8mg fish cholesterol per gram
Red Salmon canned in brine contains, 0.7mg fish cholesterol per gram
Salmon, smoked, contains, 0.5mg fish cholesterol per gram
Sardine canned in oil contains, 1.2mg fish cholesterol per gram
Snapper contains, 0.9mg fish cholesterol per gram
Tuna canned in oil contains, 0.4mg fish cholesterol per gram
Tuna canned in brine contains, 0.5mg fish cholesterol per gram
Whiting contains, 1.0mg fish cholesterol per gram
The cholesterol in fish was worked out using figures provided by ANZFA; where fish is canned, the fish cholesterol stated is the cholesterol in the fish after the brine or oil has been drained off.
Is there cholesterol in fish oil?
The amount of cholesterol in fish oil varies from from about 0 to 1 mg cholesterol per 1000mg fish oil capsule - but the people stating these figures tend to have a financial interest in selling fish oil. For a high cholesterol sufferer, I think it reasonable to work on fish oil as having between 0.5 mg cholesterol per 1000mg fish oil capsule, up to 1.2mg cholesterol per 1000mg fish oil capsule.
Is fish safe for a cholesterol sufferer to take?
Generally speaking 75% of the population don't have to to worry about the cholesterol in their diet, however, for those of us with high cholesterol, who suffer with high cholesterol, our livers are not able to keep up with the primarily bad diet we have exposed our bodies to for so long, so for the high cholesterol sufferer, whose body doesn't need to be pumped with more cholesterol originating from bad eating and drinking habits, fish needs to be taken into account when working out the daily cholesterol dietary intake.
Preparing fish the low cholesterol way.
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