Seafood has similar levels of cholesterol compared to sources of protein that live on the land, but the benefits of eating it are high because ocean-based protein contains fewer saturated fats. Most seafood is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Some sources of ocean protein that have high levels of cholesterol include shrimp, lobster and crab, which have about 100 milligrams of cholesterol per 3-ounce serving. This is about 36 percent of the daily recommended amount of cholesterol the American Heart Association suggests consuming. Other sources, including oysters, mollusks and salmon, have about 34 to 40 milligrams of cholesterol per serving.