Are Mussels High in Cholesterol?

Animal foods, including seafood, contain some cholesterol. Whether you need to limit or avoid certain foods due to their cholesterol content depends on the rest of your diet and whether you are at risk for heart disease. Your physician usually recommends limiting your cholesterol intake if your cholesterol is high enough to put your heart at risk.

Steamed mussels
Credit: maxexphoto/iStock/Getty Images

What You're Getting

A 3-ounce serving of mussels contains less than 1 gram of saturated fat and close to 2 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture. Mussels are high in cholesterol, however. When it comes to seafood, a typical serving size is between 3 and 6 ounces. A 3-ounce serving of mussels contains 48 milligrams of cholesterol, and a 6-ounce serving contains 95 milligrams. In comparison, a 3-ounce serving of T-bone steak contains 51 milligrams of cholesterol.

Beneficial Nutrients

Mussels are particularly rich in iodine and selenium as well as zinc and iron. They contain high amounts of vitamin B-12 and are rich in folate also. If you have high cholesterol, you can usually still consume mussels as long as you control your portions. Choosing a 3-ounce portion instead of a 6-ounce portion is a good idea.

Load Comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.