Could You List the Foods That Are Highest in Cholesterol?
I'm trying to lower my cholesterol by losing weight, exercising, and changing my diet. It would be helpful to have a list of high-cholesterol foods so that I know what to avoid or cut down on. What foods are highest in cholesterol?
A few of the very worst offenders for high cholesterol are liver and eggs. Some other foods that are high in cholesterol include whole-milk dairy products, certain shellfish (such as shrimp), organ meats (liver, kidney, and brain), duck, and goose.
An easy way to help achieve a lower-cholesterol diet is to try to avoid animal-based foods, since cholesterol comes from animals, and consume more plant-based foods, since plants do not contain cholesterol. Another good rule of thumb is that animals with four legs tend to have more cholesterol than animals with two or fewer legs. For instance, meat from pigs and cows tends to be high in cholesterol. Poultry and fish tend to be lower, although there are definitely exceptions to this rule.
Keep in mind that your cholesterol levels and your overall heart health are influenced by other dietary factors, not just cholesterol in foods. For instance, saturated fats and trans-fats actually have a greater effect on cholesterol levels, compared to how much cholesterol you eat.