Cholesterol in Foods

Although a diet high in saturated fat is the main cause of high blood cholesterol levels, eating foods high in cholesterol can also raise blood cholesterol levels. And usually the effect is twice as bad, because foods high in cholesterol are usually ALSO high in saturated fat.

Table 1. Foods High in Cholesterol

Food
Serving Size
Cholesterol
Boiled egg
1
225 mg
Cream cheese
1oz
27 mg
Cheddar cheese
1oz
19 mg
Butter
3.5oz
250 mg
Lamb
3.5oz
70 mg
Beefsteak
3.5oz
70 mg
Chicken
3.5oz
60 mg
Kidney, beef
3.5oz
375 mg
Liver, beef
3.5oz
300 mg
Ice Cream
3.5oz
45 mg
Sponge cake
3.5oz
260 mg

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Table 2. Foods Low in Cholesterol

Food
Cholesterol
All vegetables
0 mg
All fruits
0 mg
All grains
0 mg
All pulses
0 mg
All nuts
0 mg
All seeds
0 mg
All vegetable oils
0 mg

Source: Amended from Pennington, J. Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, Harper and Row, 14th ed. New York, 1985.

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