Low-Cholesterol Diet: Shrimp and Scallops

Low-Cholesterol Diet: Shrimp and Scallops

Have you been avoiding scallops and shrimp because you thought they were off-limits in a cholesterol-lowering diet? Well, here is welcome news for seafood lovers. 

Both are excellent sources of heart-healthy nutrients and do not appear to contribute to heart disease or high cholesterol. Both can be included in the American Heart Association recommendation of two fish servings per week.

Scallops are a heart-healthy alternative to meat as a main dish.

They are low in calories and saturated fat, and are an excellent source of the nutrients Vitamin B12, omega-3 fats, potassium, and magnesium.

Shrimp are low in calories, saturated fat and total fat, and are a good source of the nutrients protein, B12, and vitamin D. Although shrimp was once believed to contribute to high cholesterol, it is now considered part of a heart-healthy diet by nutrition experts.

So enjoy!

Preparation Tips

Scallops and shrimp pair well with fresh dill, garlic, tarragon, parsley, lemon, fresh grated ginger and/or olive oil. Stir-fry, grill, pan fry, sear, sauté or bake.

Shrimp and Scallop Recipe


7 ounces angel hair pasta

1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 lb bay scallop

1⁄4 cup olive oil

1⁄4 cup white wine

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons parsley

1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese

salt and pepper


Mix all ingredients except cheese and pasta. Spoon mixture into broiling pan and broil 5 minutes. In meantime, boil water for pasta. Cook pasta. Turn scallop and shrimp and broil and additional 5 minutes. Serve this over pasta, add cheese (if desired) and serve.,

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