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Cholesterol in Salmon Bad?


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My doctor tells me that salmon is a reasonable source of many nutrients and the cholesterol in salmon is the 'good' cholesterol.

 

But when I look up the salmon that I can get as fresh frozen fillets it gets a D because of high cholesterol.

Here's that salmon.

http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/useritem/477 62305.html

Can you help me understand this? 

 

 

 

 

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I'm not sure why that is but I'm certain salmon is healthy and doesn't deserve a d grade.
salmon is an A grade food, the grading system has received critisism already so I'm not surprised salmon has been poopooed
The grading system doesn't differentiate between the "good" cholesterol and the "bad".  Tuna gets a D- but I dropped my overall cholesterol more than 50 points in 6 months eating it for lunch 3 times a week, along with either oatmeal or a heart healthy cereal for breakfast.  Anything that is high in Omega 3 is good for you and will raise your HDL - good - cholesterol levels while lowering your bad.  I don't think that the system is sophisticated enough to know the difference.  Just as long as you know you are making a good choice that's all that matters.
There's no such thing as "good" or "bad" cholesterol in food.  Cholesterol in food is the same.  There's "good"(HDL) and "bad"(LDL) cholesterol in your blood, but it's still the same cholesterol; it's just that it's packaged differently in HDL than in LDL.  What your doctor hopefully meant is probably that salmon has the good type of fat (unsaturated, vs. saturated).  As it turns out, saturated fat in the diet has a bigger effect on your blood cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol.  Salmon is probably (I'm not sure) good for your cholesterol levels because it has lots of the best kinds of fats (omega-3s, specifically DHA and EPA; there's another omega-3 called ALA, which is in flaxseed and isn't as good for you as the DHA and EPA).  Omega-3s raise your HDL.  I don't recall if they lower your LDL.  But even if the net impact of salmon is that it's not good for your blood cholesterol levels because of its high cholesterol, it's REALLY good for your brain.
EATING CHOLESTEROL does not raise your cholesterol!!!!!!!!! I hate that people think this because it is simply FALSE! What causes cholesterol to rise is eating saturated & trans fats along with high-fructose corn syrup, extra sugars & extra fats! - So watch out for those things and PLEASE INDULGE in SALMON!!!!! It is a magical food!
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I am with gia.

I also get annoyed that people don't realize that you need some cholesterol in your body.   Your sex hormones (testosterone and progesterone) that need in your body are only very slightly modified molecules of cholesterol.  And that isn't all it is good for.  Sometimes I think people hear something that is a good idea and they take it so far that it harm their health instead of improving it.

http://www.healthexplored.co.uk/news/article. php?id=15

 

Thank you everyone for your wonderful responses.

Since dropping meat from my diet about 5 months ago, my main sources of protein have been salmon, tuna, pollock and tofu. I was just a little concerned about the D grade that I have seen for both salmon and pollock fillets.  The salmon is good but I can only eat so much of it.

 

Best to all !

 

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Original Post by giasbash6260:

EATING CHOLESTEROL does not raise your cholesterol!!!!!!!!! I hate that people think this because it is simply FALSE! What causes cholesterol to rise is eating saturated & trans fats along with high-fructose corn syrup, extra sugars & extra fats! - So watch out for those things and PLEASE INDULGE in SALMON!!!!! It is a magical food!

EXACTLY. I wish more people would realize this. I know people that don't eat eggs but will eat hash browns fried in Crisco because they have high cholesterol. I can't tell you how irritating this is, especially when they tell me I am an idiot for eating whole eggs for breakfast.

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Ok ,my 2 cents . Gia(almost) and imccarthy are right, But, there is a but that people should know! All the problems start when we pass the calories that our body needs to maintain,to live, once we pass those calories that we need to burn to live, all excess calories are stored, plus the cholesterol(fat witch our body will not burn cause we have already enough calories consumed) will be stored also. Now where Gia says that that HFCS and sugar raise your cholesterol, I do not agree 100% cause they do not directly raise it, it is because they contain a lot of calories and this will bring our calorie count higher,in some cases if we consume  a lot of sugars higher than what we need to maintain,thats where they become the indirect cause. (I am not saying they are ok to consume cause they are not! they spike our insulin levels so thats is another problem all by itself!)

You can eat your eggs in the morning no problem, especially for males cholesterol(the HDL) is amazing, it will help your muscles and your sex drive(cause of the hormone testosterone). As long as you do not over consume and you do not eat excess calories.......

Salmon is AMAZING!!!   

Original Post by jimmyg4444:

Ok ,my 2 cents . Gia(almost) and imccarthy are right, But, there is a but that people should know! All the problems start when we pass the calories that our body needs to maintain,to live, once we pass those calories that we need to burn to live, all excess calories are stored, plus the cholesterol(fat witch our body will not burn cause we have already enough calories consumed) will be stored also. Now where Gia says that that HFCS and sugar raise your cholesterol, I do not agree 100% cause they do not directly raise it, it is because they contain a lot of calories and this will bring our calorie count higher,in some cases if we consume  a lot of sugars higher than what we need to maintain,thats where they become the indirect cause. (I am not saying they are ok to consume cause they are not! they spike our insulin levels so thats is another problem all by itself!)

You can eat your eggs in the morning no problem, especially for males cholesterol(the HDL) is amazing, it will help your muscles and your sex drive(cause of the hormone testosterone). As long as you do not over consume and you do not eat excess calories.......

Salmon is AMAZING!!!   

Sugar is the major influence on our cholesterol levels whether we overeat or not. Lots of hormonal dysfunction starts when we overeat.......I don't think that was the concern of the OP..........I believe the OP believes that dietary cholesterol is bad and was wondering if then eating salmon was bad considering salmon has cholesterol in it. In that respect, the answer has been addressed already, imo. The only problem I see is the Dr. thinking there is different types of cholesterol and believing somehow that the cholesterol in salmon is a better source.......the salmon might be a better source of nutrients and a better sources of dietary fat, but as far as the cholesterol is concerned, it doesn't matter.

Edited Feb 21 2011 13:56 by coach_k
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come on folks. to those of you who said no diff between good/bad cholesterol. seriously, get a chem book out. they are different lipids with different functions. it's not that hard to educate yourself on this. geez.

Original Post by twocents:

come on folks. to those of you who said no diff between good/bad cholesterol. seriously, get a chem book out. they are different lipids with different functions. it's not that hard to educate yourself on this. geez.


Oh come on. you're responding to a post that is 4 years old. get out a calendar. not all years are the same. they are different years with different functions. It's not that hard to educate yourself and read dates. geez.

To be fair, when viewed on the iPhone app, the date of the OP shows up as today's date and the subsequent replies are undated
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