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List of cholesterol in foods

This list consists of common foods with their cholesterol content recorded in milligrams per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of food.

Cholesterol is a sterol, a steroid-like hormone made by animals, including humans. The human body makes one-eighth to one-fourth teaspoons of pure cholesterol daily. A cholesterol level of 5.5 or below is recommended for an adult. The rise of cholesterol in the body can give a condition in which excessive cholesterol is deposited in artery walls called atherosclerosis. This condition blocks the blood flow to vital organs which can result in high blood pressure or stroke. Cholesterol is not always bad. There are some types of cholesterol which are beneficial to the heart and blood vessels. High-density lipoprotein is commonly called the "good" part of cholesterol. These lipoproteins help in the removal of cholesterol from the cells, which is then transported back to the liver where it is disintegrated and excreted as waste or broken down into parts.

High cholesterol foods Cholesterol mg per 100 grams
Beef brain 3100
Egg yolks (about 6) 1085
Caviar 588
Fish oil, menhaden 521
Roe 479
Egg 372
Lamb kidney 337
Pork liver 301
Clarified butter; Ghee 256
Butter (about a stick) 250
Oyster 206
Lobster 200
Pate 150
Heavy whipping cream 137
Crab meat (Alaskan King) 127
Shrimp 125
Light whipping cream (30-36% fat) 111
Cream cheese 110
Yellow cheese (about 1 cup) 108
Moderate cholesterol foods Cholesterol mg per 100 grams
Lard 95
Pressurized whipped cream 76
Beef 72
Fish 70
Pork 70
Light Cream (18% fat) 66
Chicken 64
Sour cream, cultured (20% fat) 52
Custard 51
Ice cream 47
Evaporated milk 29
Low cholesterol foods Cholesterol mg per 100 grams
Cottage cheese (4% fat) 15
Yogurt; Frozen yogurt 13
Greek yogurt 9
Low fat yogurt 6
Skimmed milk 4
Skimmed milk yogurt 2
Egg whites 0
Fruits 0
Grains 0
Nuts 0



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