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Fish Eggs: When eating ‘healthy’ can be unhealthy

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Fish eggs. Photo: Shutterstock

You may have heard about the many health benefits of fish eggs.

In addition to containing Zinc, the mineral that helps keep your immune system strong, fish eggs are also very high in powerful anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats.

These nutrient-dense eggs are also very rich in vitamins A, D, and K.

Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining normal reproduction, vision, healthy skin, and immune function.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus, which promote strong bones. It also has a protective effect against cancer, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.

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Vitamin K plays a key role in helping the blood clot, preventing excessive bleeding. Deficiency of Vitamin K can cause osteoporosis, menstrual pain, internal bleeding, biliary obstruction and excessive menstrual flow.

By some estimates, more than half of Americans are deficient in these critical nutrients.

According to an analysis, carried out by the Western A. price foundation, one tablespoon of fish eggs contains approximately 17,000 international units of vitamin A, D, and K.

This makes them one of the world’s best sources of vitamins which are essential for normal functioning of our body.

Fish eggs or fish Roe considered a delicacy by some, is also rich in protein and relatively low in calories.

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Healthy snack: Fish roe served on eggs. Photo: Shutterstock

Will all these amazing health benefits, I’ll bet you want to rush out to the store to buy some fish eggs now.

But hold up. Here’s what you need to know first.

Not only do you have to be careful about how much you eat, you need to watch what type you have.

Why? Because of the high cholesterol content!

Regular consumption of fish eggs can be unhealthy because it may increase your LDL cholesterol.

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LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad cholesterol” because it contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and block your blood vessels which increase your risk of heart disease.

A 3-oz. serving – just 173 calories – of fish eggs provides 407 mg of cholesterol. This is more than the 300 mg suggested as a daily limit by the USDA.

High cholesterol content is not the only concern if you’re looking for maximum health benefits.

Some types of fish eggs may contain parasites.

Luckily, if they are properly cooked or frozen for a sufficient time (either for 24 hours at -18 °C or 72 hours at -10 °C), the parasites will be killed and no longer harmful to man.

Usually, only the people who fish for themselves and eat them raw are at risk of being infected.

The bottom line:

Is fish egg good for health?

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Yes. Fish eggs contain important vitamins and minerals which are vital for good health and well-being.

However, they should be eaten in moderation due to their high cholesterol content.