Is Tuna Bad for High Cholesterol? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Tuna is good for high cholesterol. Because it has omega-3 fatty acids and they can lower your triglycerides, raise your HDL cholesterol, and prevent inflammation and blood clots.

High cholesterol is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In high cholesterol, your body has too much of a waxy substance called cholesterol, which can stick to the walls of your arteries and form plaques.

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

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

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

To effectively manage high cholesterol, you should consume unsaturated fat rich foods like olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados, and avoid saturated fat and trans fat rich foods like butter, cheese, red meat, and baked goods.

Now, tuna is a type of fish that belongs to the Scombridae family.

People usually eat tuna as canned, fresh, or frozen, and use it in salads, sandwiches, casseroles, or sushi.

Tuna is good for high cholesterol because it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for your heart and blood vessels.

Omega-3 fatty acids can lower your triglycerides, raise your HDL cholesterol, and prevent inflammation and blood clots.

A 3-ounce serving of tuna can give you about 20 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fat, and 0.4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.

Protein can help you feel full and maintain your muscle mass.

Fat can provide you with energy and essential fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids can improve your cholesterol profile and protect your cardiovascular health.

Furthermore, tuna is a lean fish and lean fish is good for high cholesterol.

Because, lean fish is low in saturated fat, which can raise your LDL cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease.

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.

Mercury is a toxic metal that accumulates in some fish, especially large and predatory ones like tuna.

Also, you shouldn’t eat tuna if you have a fish allergy to prevent anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.

Because, tuna contains proteins that can trigger your immune system and cause symptoms like hives, swelling, breathing difficulties, and low blood pressure.

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

Always choose tuna that has a bright color, firm texture, and mild odor.

Because, these indicate that the tuna is fresh and safe to eat.

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 cholesterol-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

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

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