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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


Food Cholesterol (mg)
1 Hard-Boiled Egg
1 cup Skim Milk
1 cup Lowfat Milk (1%)
1 cup Lowfat Milk (2%)
1 cup Whole Milk
1 oz. Cheddar Cheese (1 slice)
1/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2 tbsp. Cream Cheese
2 tbsp. Butter
5.3 oz. Fage Total Classic Greek Yogurt
5.3 oz. Fage Total With Honey
6 oz. Chobani No-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
6 oz. Stonyfield farms Organic Low-Fat Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 Pound Hamburger Patty
5 inch Hot Dog
4 oz. Filet Mignon
4 oz. Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
4 oz. Tilapia
3 oz. Salmon
2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
3 oz. Sour Cream
1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
9 Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses

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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Join The Conversation
solideogratia solideogratia 7 years
Cholesterol (or more specifically heart disease) has nothing to do with the intake of cholesterol or saturated fat, but rather from processed fats and refined carbohydrates. As a former vegetarian who used to have high cholesterol, I have to say: eat more beef!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
WTF This is wrong! Eating Cholesterol doesn't increase your cholesterol! Eating trans fatty acids & saturated fats are what cause high cholesterol!!!
poptart-princess poptart-princess 7 years
probably. as well as salt, caffeine, refined sugar and white flour.
cg130 cg130 7 years
Eep, I used to eat two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Dietary cholesterol has very little to do with blood cholesterol levels...your daily saturated fat intake is a lot more important in controling your blood cholesterol. Incidentally, I eat very little saturated fat OR cholesterol and my blood cholesterol numbers show a total cholesterol of 150 with an HDL of 75 and triglycerides of 53, so I think I'm ok on that end of things. Incidentally, some people do have genetically high cholesterol and can't lower it with diet and grandpa had it and so does my dad. You need statins in order to control it.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
I eat eggs every day, and tons of cheese on a regular basis. My cholesterol is the best my doctor has ever seen, next to my mother's. It's all genetics.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
whew. i was ready to fall over. I had a hard boiled egg this morning. . . and i have no idea where my cholesterol stands.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
The anonymous commenter and kkatt are exactly right. It's not understood how dietary cholesterol relates to blood cholesterol. For instance, studies have shown that eating a lot of eggs doesn't raise cholesterol in most people.
kkatt kkatt 7 years
raeofsunshine - unlucky for you, genetics play more of a factor on one's cholesterol levels than dietary intake...
raeofsunshine raeofsunshine 7 years
O and I forgot to mention...I only eat the whites of eggs!
raeofsunshine raeofsunshine 7 years
I'm a 24 year old ovo-lacto-vegetarian runner and I have higher cholesterol (TC 194) and a body fat index of 15%. I was told to stop eating meat (I haven't touched it in years). I was told to exercise more (I run 20+ miles a week). I was told to take fish oil (sorry fish are critters too). So I'm stuck...I'm too young to take medication so I'll be increasing my fiber intake and switching my cheese and ice cream for vegan alternatives. Let's hope it works!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My annual blood work always comes back great...I'm as healthy as a horse! Fit - do you know the latest on whether the cholesterol ratios (Total/HDL and LDL/HDL) still matter at all? I am seeing conflicting arguments about them as indicators of health.
weffie weffie 7 years
in case anyone's curious, soy milk has no cholesterol.
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