Many people, including health-conscious consumers, are concerned about the cholesterol content of foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products. In the case of shrimp, the cholesterol story is different because a number of research studies have demonstrated that the
A deficiency of cholesterol in shrimp diets can result in slower growth and higher mortality rates. A study by the authors investigated krill meal as a partial replacement for a cholesterol supplement in diets for juvenile Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp.
Cholesterol is an essential nutrient for penaeid shrimp. Trials found that a digestibility enhancer based on natural emulsifiers was as effective as purified cholesterol in improving shrimp growth and feed conversion.
Animal byproducts like blood meal, meat and bone meal and other rendered products are good sources of cholesterol for use in aquaculture feed.