Years ago, shrimp was pegged as a "high cholesterol" food that should be limited or even avoided by people concerned about heart health. We now know this reputation is undeserved.

It is true that shrimp has a high level of dietary cholesterol. But dietary cholesterol -- the amount of cholesterol in a food -- and blood cholesterol are two different things; one does not necessarily become the other.

Shrimp is a good source of protein and iron. Shrimp tastes great -- and is good for you -- when boiled or grilled. But beware of shrimp that's breaded, fried or made with a butter sauce; those dishes are high in fat and definitely NOT heart-healthy.