Top 10 High Cholesterol Foods to Avoid

High levels of cholesterol in your blood can lead to narrowing and stiffening of the arteries which can increase cardiovascular problems and can increase your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. Remember you should be consuming less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily. To help reduce your own cholesterol numbers, you may try to avoid these ten high cholesterol foods.

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10. Bologna


One of the cholesterol foods you want to avoid is bologna or any type of similar processed meats. Consuming 100 grams of bologna (approximately 4 slices) is going to equal about 62 milligrams of cholesterol. Plus, these processed meats are high in sodium which is also bad for your health.

9. Ground Beef

Ground Beef

No matter how you cook ground beef, you’re taking in a lot of cholesterol. The recommended serving size of uncooked beef (about 3 oz) contains 90 milligrams. Ground turkey or veggie burgers are healthier and lower in bad cholesterol.

8. Fast Food Taco

Fast Food Taco

Going through the drive through and picking up a taco might sound like a good idea. However, considering a single taco has 25 mg of cholesterol – 1/8 of your total recommended intake – you might be better off choosing a taco salad with no shell and chicken breast instead of ground beef.

7. Danish


Apple or cherry Danish may contain fruit but they are not a healthy breakfast choice if you’re trying to limit your cholesterol intake. Depending on how the Danish is made, it could contain 50 to 120 milligrams of cholesterol.

6. Fast Food Cheeseburger

Fast Food Cheeseburger

If you need a fast food fix, a cheeseburger would be a better choice than most of the larger sandwiches. However, even this small cheeseburger contains 50 milligrams of cholesterol. That’s one-fourth of your recommended cholesterol intake for the day.

5. Pork Chops

Pork Chops

While you might think the answer to improving cholesterol numbers is dining at home, you still need to be careful about what you serve. Approximately three ounces of pork chops contain a whopping 92 grams of cholesterol.

4. Éclairs


These fluffy and light desserts with custard filling and chocolate icing may be delicious but they are also a high source of cholesterol. Almost every aspect of an éclair contains high amounts of cholesterol so it’s no surprise that one is going to contain about 127 milligrams. That’s more than half of your daily allowance.

3. Shrimp


Even though shrimp are small, they can pack a lot of cholesterol. Eating only one-fourth pound of shrimp can include about 177 milligrams of cholesterol. Breading and frying the shrimp can make it even less healthy.

2. Chicken Liver

Chicken Liver

Although not everyone’s favorite dish, chicken livers are some of the highest foods in cholesterol. Three ounces of these livers include an astounding 561 milligrams of cholesterol. In fact, almost all organ meat from animals should be avoided for the same reason. Livers are worse because that’s the organ which naturally produces cholesterol.

1. Egg Yolk

Egg Yolk

Eggs do provide some amazing health benefits but the yolk does contain a lot of cholesterol. The yolk itself weighs about 20 ounces and contains 247 milligrams of cholesterol. Thankfully, you can still enjoy omelets, scrambled eggs, and other dishes by using only the egg whites or by using egg substitutes.

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 11:44 am and is filed under Nutrition News.

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