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Are You Eating Too Much Cholesterol?

I was vegan for a short time in college, and was shocked when I had my cholesterol tested and found it was high. I wasn't even eating cholesterol! The thing is, your liver makes cholesterol and it's actually essential for your body to function normally. Cholesterol is also found in food and appropriately called dietary cholesterol. Since your body produces enough, you don't need to worry about getting any from diet. What you do need to worry about is getting too much.

A healthy person with healthy cholesterol levels can safely consume 300 milligrams a day. If your levels are high, aim for less than 200 mg a day. Are you eating too much? Find out how much cholesterol is in your favorite foods when you

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Food Cholesterol (mg)
1 Hard-Boiled Egg
212
1 cup Skim Milk
5
1 cup Lowfat Milk (1%)
15
1 cup Lowfat Milk (2%)
20
1 cup Whole Milk
34
1 oz. Cheddar Cheese (1 slice)
29
1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
20
2 tbsp. Cream Cheese
26
2 tbsp. Butter
61
5.3 oz. Fage Total Classic Greek Yogurt
35
5.3 oz. Fage Total With Honey
20
6 oz. Chobani No-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
0
6 oz. Stonyfield farms Organic Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt
7
1/3 Pound Hamburger Patty
90
5 inch Hot Dog
24
4 oz. Filet Mignon
75
4 oz. Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
70
4 oz. Tilapia
55
3 oz. Salmon
85
2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
8
3 oz. Sour Cream
11
1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
120
1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
115
9 Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses
5

High cholesterol levels in the blood can put you at risk for heart disease. So answer these two questions for me: have you had your cholesterol levels tested, and are you getting too much?

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