Doesn't Shellfish Have a Ton of Cholesterol?
Not Much Fat, Though
What Makes a Fish a Shellfish?
- Univalves—a single shell and a single muscle; includes abalone and snail
- Bivalves—2 shells hinged together by a strong muscle; includes clam, scallop, mussel, and oyster
- Cephalopods—tentacles attached to the head and an ink sac; includes octopus and squid
- Nasal congestion
- Shortness of breath
- Upset stomach
- Swelling around mouth
- Throat closing
What About Mercury?
Guidelines for Cooking Shellfish
- Fish—Cut through the side of the fish and open it up to expose the flesh. The inside should be opaque and separate easily.
- Shrimp and lobster—When cooked, the flesh should be pearly-opaque.
- Scallops—The flesh should look milky white/opaque and firm.
- Clams, mussels, oysters—When the shells open, they are done. Throw out any ones that do not open.
size (84g/3 oz)
or 14 sm
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 07/2015 -
- Update Date: 10/14/2013 -