How Many High Cholesterol Foods in Our Daily Diet?

Cholesterol is present in all foods of animal source. Its content, however, varies depending on the product type (for example, milk vs meat), origin of the product (for example, meat type: beef vs chicken) and the body part of the animal the meat comes from (for example, brain vs beef). Also in milk, it varies depending on the origin (for example, cow milk vs goat milk) or the processed end product.

To formulate your diet and manage your health, it helps to be aware of what major foods contribute to high blood cholesterol. In the following tables are lists of cholesterol food sources and their corresponding content. They represent the top 100 foods with the highest cholesterol content, from a list of more than 7,500 food items commonly consumed in North America  and we sort out the top 50 for your reference. The data is obtained from the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory, the gold standard reference for nutritional data.

Rank Food items Cholesterol content (mg/ 100 g edible food portion)
1 Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, simmered 3,100.00
2 Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 3,100.00
3 Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 3,010.00
4 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 2,552.00
5 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 2,504.00
6 Egg, yolk, dried 2,335.00
7 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 2,195.00
8 Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 2,120.00
9 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 2,043.00
10 Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 2,017.00
11 Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 1,995.00
12 Egg, whole, dried 1,715.00
13 Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 1,590.00
14 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 1,352.00
15 Egg, yolk, raw, fresh 1,234.00
16 Egg, yolk, raw, frozen 1,075.00
17 Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, sugared 959.00
18 Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, salted 955.00
19 Egg, turkey, whole, fresh, raw 933.00
20 Egg, duck, whole, fresh, raw 884.00
21 Egg, goose, whole, fresh, raw 852.00
22 Egg, quail, whole, fresh, raw 844.00
23 Veal, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 791.00
24 Fish oil, herring 766.00
25 Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, simmered 716.00
26 Fish oil, sardine 710.00
27 Fish, caviar, black and red, granular 588.00
28 Egg substitute, powder 572.00
29 Fish oil, cod liver 570.00
30 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 565.00
31 Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, pan-fried 564.00
32 Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, simmered 563.00
33 Fish oil, menhaden 521.00
34 Duck, domesticated, liver, raw 515.00
35 Goose, liver, raw 515.00
36 Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 511.00
37 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 504.00
38 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 501.00
39 Fish oil, menhaden, fully hydrogenated 500.00
40 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 493.00
41 Fish oil, salmon 485.00
42 Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 485.00
43 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 480.00
44 Fish, roe, mixed species, cooked, dry heat 479.00
45 Egg, whole, cooked, fried 457.00
46 Veal, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 447.00
47 Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, fried 446.00
48 Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, simmered 442.00
49 Fish, whitefish, eggs (Alaska Native) 439.00
50 Chicken, capons, giblets, cooked, simmered 434.00