Is Tuna Good for High Cholesterol? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Tuna is good for high cholesterol. Because it has omega-3 fatty acids and they can lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol.

High cholesterol is a condition that affects your blood vessels.

In high cholesterol, your body has too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.

One of the key factors in managing high cholesterol is diet.

What you consume can affect your cholesterol levels, which can impact your high cholesterol symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high cholesterol, you should consume omega-3 fatty acids rich foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds and avoid saturated fats and trans fats rich foods like butter, cheese, and pastries.

Now, tuna is a type of saltwater fish that is high in protein and low in calories.

People usually eat tuna fresh or canned, either plain or mixed with other ingredients.

Tuna is good for high cholesterol because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL cholesterol.

However, different types of tuna have different amounts of fat and mercury, which can affect their health benefits.

For example, albacore tuna has more fat and mercury than light tuna, so it is not recommended for pregnant women and young children.

A 4-ounce serving of white tuna can give you about 26 grams of protein (52% of your daily needs), 3 grams of fat (5% of your daily needs), and 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids (76% of your daily needs).

Omega-3 fatty acids can positively affect high cholesterol by reducing inflammation, improving blood vessel function, and preventing blood clots.

Furthermore, tuna is a lean meat and lean meats are good for high cholesterol.

Because, they provide protein without adding too much fat or calories to your diet.

You can eat up to two servings of tuna per week safely.

More than that can cause mercury poisoning, which can damage your nervous system and kidneys.

Also, you shouldn’t eat tuna if you have a fish allergy to prevent an allergic reaction.

Because, tuna can trigger symptoms like hives, swelling, and breathing difficulties.

You can buy fresh tuna in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose tuna that is firm, moist, and has a bright color.

Because, these are signs of freshness and quality.

You can store fresh tuna in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to three months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing high cholesterol effectively.

I always recommend my high cholesterol patients to follow a high cholesterol-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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