Shrimp got a bad rap some years ago as a "high cholesterol" food. As we now know, high levels of dietary cholesterol do not necessarily translate into high blood cholesterol. The real risk to heart health is saturated fat -- of which shrimp has very little.* So don't let the summer end without savoring the unique pleasure of shrimp that has been cooked on a grill.

A few tips:

  • Shrimp can easily burn or dry out; watch carefully to avoid overcooking.
  • Grilling with the shells intact can help keep the shrimp moist. It also saves on preparation time.
  • Another time saver: cooking without de-veining the shrimp. Contrary to common perception, it is not necessary from a health standpoint to de-vein shrimp.

* This is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. If you have questions about dietary cholesterol and your health, talk to your doctor.