Cholesterol Content of Foods

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Food NameCholesterolCalories 
Milk, human1470
Milk750
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole1060
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole, low-sodium1461
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, whole1060
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, 1% fat542
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat235
Milk, cow's, fluid, other than whole ("lowfat")644
Milk, cow's, fluid, 2% fat850
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 1% fat542
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 2% fat850
Milk, cow's, fluid, 1% fat542
Milk, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat, 0.5% or less butterfat234
Milk, cow's, fluid, filled with vegetable oil263
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  • Cholesterol (measured in milligrams) and calories are calculated per 100g of food.
  • This cholesterol content of foods database contains approximately 7,000 most common food items.
  • Click on column header to sort foods by name or by cholesterol or calories.
  • Pie chart shows relative contributions to total calories from carbohydrate, protein and fat (and alcohol, if exists).

Cholesterol in Diet

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries. This is called plaque. Plaque can narrow your arteries or even block them.

High levels of cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of heart disease. Your cholesterol levels tend to rise as you get older. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. You are likely to have high cholesterol if members of your family have it, if you are overweight or if you eat a lot of fatty foods.

You can lower your cholesterol by exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables. You also may need to take medicine to lower your cholesterol.

What is high blood cholesterol?

Too much cholesterol in your blood is called high blood cholesterol. It can be serious. People with high blood cholesterol have a greater chance of getting heart disease.

High blood cholesterol does not cause symptoms, so you may not be aware that your cholesterol level is too high.

High Blood Cholesterol Treatment

The main goal of cholesterol-lowering treatment is to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol level enough to reduce your chances of having a heart attack or developing a disease caused by narrowing of the arteries.
There are two main ways to lower your cholesterol -- through Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) and with medicines.


Food Sources

Foods containing saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol raise your cholesterol.

What is LDL cholesterol?

LDL stands for low-density lipoproteins. (Lipoproteins are molecules that carry cholesterol through your bloodstream.) LDL cholesterol is sometimes called bad cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries and make them narrower. This buildup of cholesterol is called plaque. Over time, plaque can build up so much that it narrows your arteries. This is called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.

The higher the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood, the greater your chances of getting heart disease.

What is HDL cholesterol?

HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins. (Lipoproteins are molecules that carry cholesterol through your bloodstream.) HDL cholesterol is sometimes called good cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from your artery walls and carries it to your liver. The liver then removes the cholesterol from your body.

The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the lower your chances of getting heart disease.

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List of Foods Highest in Cholesterol

Top 100 foods with high cholesterol content. Cholesterol is in milligrams and measured per 100 grams of food weight.



Foods Highest in Cholesterol Cholesterol

Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, simmered 3100

Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 3100

Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 3010

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 2552

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 2504

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 2195

Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 2120

Egg, yolk, dried 2052

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 2043

Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 2017

Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 1995

Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 1590

Egg, whole, dried 1507

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 1352

Egg, yolk, raw, fresh 1085

Egg Mix, USDA Commodity 975

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, sugared 959

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, salted 955

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen 945

Egg, turkey, whole, fresh, raw 933

Egg, duck, whole, fresh, raw 884

Egg, goose, whole, fresh, raw 852

Egg, quail, whole, fresh, raw 844

Veal, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 791

Fish oil, herring 766

Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, simmered 716

Fish oil, sardine 710

Fish, caviar, black and red, granular 588

Egg substitute, powder 572


Foods Highest in Cholesterol Cholesterol

Fish oil, cod liver 570

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 565

Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, pan-fried 564

Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, simmered 563

Fish oil, menhaden 521

Goose, liver, raw 515

Duck, domesticated, liver, raw 515

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 511

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 504

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 501

Fish oil, menhaden, fully hydrogenated 500

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 493

Fish oil, salmon 485

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 485

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 480

Fish, roe, mixed species, cooked, dry heat 479

Veal, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 447

Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, fried 446

Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, simmered 442

Fish, whitefish, eggs (Alaska Native) 439

Chicken, capons, giblets, cooked, simmered 434

Egg, whole, raw, frozen 432

McDONALD'S, Scrambled Eggs 427

Fast foods, egg, scrambled 426

Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 411

Egg, whole, cooked, fried 401

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 400

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 396

Pate, chicken liver, canned 391

Sea lion, Steller, kidney (Alaska Native) 390

Moose, liver, braised (Alaska Native) 389


Foods High in Cholesterol Cholesterol

Turkey, liver, all classes, cooked, simmered 388

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, lungs, cooked, braised 387

Egg, whole, raw, frozen, salted 387

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 385

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 381

Fish, roe, mixed species, raw 374

Egg, whole, cooked, hard-boiled 373

Egg, whole, raw, fresh 372

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 371

Chicken, gizzard, all classes, cooked, simmered 370

Egg, whole, cooked, poached 370

Veal, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 364

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, spleen, raw 363

Sea lion, Steller, liver (Alaska Native) 359

Chicken, roasting, giblets, cooked, simmered 357

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 355

Chicken, stewing, giblets, cooked, simmered 355

Veal, variety meats and by-products, thymus, cooked, braised 350

Beef, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 347

Chicken, liver, all classes, raw 345

Veal, variety meats and by-products, spleen, raw 340

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 337

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 334

Turkey, liver, all classes, raw 331

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, lungs, raw 320

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 319

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, stomach, cooked, simmered 316

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 315

Egg, whole, cooked, omelet 313

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 301

Beef, variety meats and by-products, thymus, cooked, braised 294


Foods High in Cholesterol Cholesterol

Chicken, capons, giblets, raw 292

Turkey, all classes, giblets, cooked, simmered, some giblet fat 289

Lamb, variety meats and by-products, lungs, cooked, braised 284

Turkey, all classes, giblets, raw 282

Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, chitterlings, cooked, simmered 277

Egg, whole, cooked, scrambled 277

Beef, variety meats and by-products, lungs, cooked, braised 277

Eggs, scrambled, frozen mixture 277

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw 275

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