Top 10 Foods Highest in Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a steroid lipid (fat) found in the blood of all animals and is necessary for proper functioning of our cell membranes and production of hormones. While there can be negative health benefits associated with low cholesterol, cholesterol deficiency is rare. Our bodies already manufacture all the cholesterol we need, so it is not necessary to consume more. Excessive consumption of cholesterol has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol is only found in animal food products, and thus, vegans are likely to have lower cholesterol than non-vegans. The current percent daily value (DV) for cholesterol is 300mg. Below is a list of high cholesterol foods, click here for an extended list of cholesterol rich foods. To lower your cholesterol, read the article on cholesterol lowering foods.

#1: Egg Yolk
The yolks of eggs have the most cholesterol of any food with 1234mg per 100 gram serving or 411% of the DV. A single egg yolk will provide 210mg (70% DV) of cholesterol, while a whole egg provides slightly more with 212mg (71% DV). Thus all the cholesterol in eggs is found in their yolks.

#2: Caviar (Fish Roe)
A common spread for breads in Northern and Eastern Europe, caviar is packed with cholesterol. 100 grams provides 588mg (196% DV), that is 94mg (31% DV) per tablespoon.

#3: Liver, Pate, Foie Gras
Cholesterol is manufactured by the liver, and therefore liver in cuisine contains a lot of cholesterol. The liver from most any meat will contain 564mg of cholesterol per 100 grams or 188% of the DV. Foie Gras (and most pâtés) contain 255mg (85% DV) per 100g serving,or 20mg (7% DV) per tablespoon.

Gruyere (37%). and an ounce of shrimp will provide around 55mg (18% DV). Cream Cheese (37% DV). and 17mg (6% DV) in a single sardine. butter is everywhere. #7: Oil Packed Fish Although thought to be good for your heart. Oil packed Atlantic Sardines carry 142mg (47% DV) of cholesterol per 100g. An egg and sausage biscuit has even more with 261mg (87% DV).#4: Butter Common in cakes. on bread. Camarones) 100 grams of shrimp will contain 195mg (65% DV) of cholesterol. and also a good source of calcium. . and oil packed fish. Gouda (38%). and one tablespoon contains 30mg (10% DV). and Cheddar (35% DV). Other cheeses high in cholesterol include: Fontina (39% DV). the oil of fish. and cheese biscuit will provide 172mg (57% DV) per 100g serving. 100 grams of butter packs 215mg (72% DV) of cholesterol. #8: Cheese A vegetarian source of protein. or 246mg (82% DV) of cholesterol per biscuit. A single large shrimp contains 11mg (4% DV). That is 131mg (44% DV) per can. That is 21mg (7% DV) per one inch cube. A ham. one stick has more with 243mg (81% DV). does contain quite a bit of cholesterol. cookies. Port de Salut contains the most cholesterol with 123mg (41% DV) per 100 gram serving. are packed with cholesterol. the breakfasts in particular. #5: Shrimp (Prawns. cheese is a tasty addition to most any dish. #6: Fast Foods (Breakfasts) Fast foods. egg. and vegetables.

#10: Shellfish (Oysters. Liver sausage and bratwurst will contain around 158mg (50% DV) of cholesterol per 100 gram serving. In terms of meats. Clams. Duck) The amount of cholesterol in any processed meat depends on the cut used. and the amount of fat added during processing.#9: Processed Meats (Sausage. Lamb. fried. and Mussels) Shellfish can be eaten raw. Wild Eastern Oysters contain the most cholesterol with 105mg (35% DV) per 100g serving. lamb and duck will contain the most cholesterol all things being equal. That is 63mg (21% DV) per link. That is 30mg (10% DV) per ounce. or 7mg (3% DV) per oyster . steamed. baked. or made into chowder.