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Cholesterol Content of Foods

If you have risk factors for heart disease, you should not consume more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol a day.

If you do not have risk factors for heart disease, you should limit your cholesterol intake to no more than 300 milligrams a day.

Use the following tables to check the cholesterol and fat content of the foods you eat. This will help you keep track of your daily cholesterol intake.

Note: Cholesterol is only found in animal products. Fruits, vegetables, grains and all other plant foods do not have any cholesterol at all.

Dairy Products

Portion

Cholesterol (mg)

Total Fat (g)

Saturated Fat (g)

Milk (non-fat)

1 cup

4

0

0

Milk (low-fat)

1 cup

10

3

2

Milk (whole)

1 cup

33

8

5

Yogurt (non-fat)

1 cup

10

0

0

Yogurt (whole)

1 cup

29

7

5

Cheddar Cheese

1 oz 30

9

6

Cottage Cheese (low-fat)

1 cup

10

2

2

Fats

Portion

Cholesterol (mg)

Total Fat (g)

Saturated Fat (g)

Butter

1 tsp

11

4

3

Margarine

1 tsp

0

4

1

Vegetable Oils                  

1 tsp

0

5

1 - 2

Meats & Protein

Portion

Cholesterol (mg)

Total Fat (g)

Saturated Fat (g)

Tofu

1/2 cup

0

11

2

Pinto beans

1/2 cup

0

1

0

Egg

1

212

5

2

Halibut

3 ½ oz

41

3

0

Salmon

3 ½ oz

63

12

2

Oysters

3 ½ oz

55

2

1

Crab

3 ½ oz

52

1

0

Lobster

3 ½ oz

71

1

0

Tuna (in water)

3 ½ oz

30

1

0

Shrimp

3 ½ oz

194

1

0

Squid

3 ½ oz

231

1

0

Beef (ground, lean)         

3 ½ oz

78

18

7

Beef (short ribs)

3 ½ oz

94

42

18

Beef (sirloin)

3 ½ oz

89

12

5

Beef Liver

3 ½ oz

389

5

2

Veal (top round)

3 ½ oz

135

5

2

Lamb (foreshank)

3 ½ oz

106

14

6

Ham

3 ½ oz

53

6

2

Pork (tenderloin)

3 ½ oz

79

6

2

Pork (chop)

3 ½ oz

85

25

10

Chicken Liver

3 ½ oz

631

6

2

Chicken (no skin)

3 ½ oz

85

5

1

 

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.

Related Information

UCSF Clinics & Centers

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