Top 10 Foods Highest in Cholesterol
Cholesterol, from the Greek chole- (bile) and stereos (solid) followed by the chemical suffix -ol
for an alcohol, is an organic chemical substance classified as a waxy steroid of fat. It is an
essential structural component of mammalian cell membranes and is required to establish
proper membrane permeability and fluidity. Cholesterol is only found in animal food products,
and thus, vegans are likely to have lower cholesterol than non-vegans. It is recommended that
you buy a Cholesterol Test Kit, so you can monitor your cholesterol levels at home and see
which diet works best for you. And you should know, current percent daily value (DV) for
cholesterol is 300mg. And these are list of high cholesterol foods:
*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.
*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
*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.
*Butter. Common in cakes, cookies, on bread, and vegetables, butter is everywhere. 100 grams
of butter packs 215mg (72% DV) of cholesterol, one stick has more with 243mg (81% DV), and
one tablespoon contains 30mg (10% DV).
*Shrimp (Prawns, Camarones). 100 grams of shrimp will contain 195mg (65% DV) of cholesterol.
A single large shrimp contains 11mg (4% DV), and an ounce of shrimp will provide around 55mg
*Fast Foods (Breakfasts). Fast foods, the breakfasts in particular, are packed with cholesterol. A
ham, egg, and cheese biscuit will provide 172mg (57% DV) per 100g serving, or 246mg (82% DV)
of cholesterol per biscuit. An egg and sausage biscuit has even more with 261mg (87% DV).
*Oil Packed Fish. Although thought to be good for your heart, the oil of fish, and oil packed fish,
does contain quite a bit of cholesterol. Oil packed Atlantic Sardines carry 142mg (47% DV) of
cholesterol per 100g. That is 131mg (44% DV) per can, and 17mg (6% DV) in a single sardine.
*Cheese. A vegetarian source of protein, and also a good source of calcium, cheese is a tasty
addition to most any dish. Port de Salut contains the most cholesterol with 123mg (41% DV) per
100 gram serving. That is 21mg (7% DV) per one inch cube. Other cheeses high in cholesterol
include: Fontina (39% DV), Gouda (38%), Cream Cheese (37% DV), Gruyere (37%), and Cheddar
*Processed Meats (Sausage, Lamb, Duck). The amount of cholesterol in any processed meat
depends on the cut used, and the amount of fat added during processing. Liver sausage and
bratwurst will contain around 158mg (50% DV) of cholesterol per 100 gram serving. That is
63mg (21% DV) per link. In terms of meats, lamb and duck will contain the most cholesterol all
things being equal.
*Shellfish (Oysters, Clams, and Mussels). Shellfish can be eaten raw, baked, steamed, fried, or
made into chowder. Wild Eastern Oysters contain the most cholesterol with 105mg (35% DV)
per 100g serving. That is 30mg (10% DV) per ounce, or 7mg (3% DV) per oyster.