High cholesterol is almost always found contained in foods from animal sources in varying degrees. Examples of major food sources of high LDL cholesterol are egg yolk, milk, meat, poultry, shellfish, and cheese.

These are the bad foods that are high in LDL, the bad cholesterol, the elevated levels of which are responsible for increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke and should not be included in your diet. Plan your diet accordingly.

You must avoid and such high cholesterol foods and have your cholesterol levels checked as advised if you consume such foods regularly.

High cholesterol is a silent condition. It does cause any symptoms and you could have it and not know it.

You are then at a risk of developing complications, which can send you directly to the ICU.

There are other causes of having high cholesterol levels in the blood, but a diet of the bad LDL cholesterol foods is the leading cause.

High cholesterol foods chart

Below is a table showing the names of the foods high in cholesterol content and the quantity of cholesterol in each of its serving. You must avoid these foods especially if you have raised cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Check out its content in the major animal foods vs that in the plant foods.

Food Serving Size Cholesterol
Boiled egg (the yolk) 1 225 mg
Cream cheese 1oz 27 mg
Cheddar cheese 1oz 19 mg
Butter 3.5oz 250 mg
Lamb 3.5oz 70 mg
Beefsteak 3.5oz 70 mg
Chicken skin 3.5oz 60 mg
Kidney, beef 3.5oz 375 mg
Liver, beef 3.5oz 300 mg
Ice Cream 3.5oz 45 mg
Sponge cake 3.5oz 260 mg

Cholesterol in plant foods

All vegetables – 0 mg.

All fruits – 0 mg.
All grains- 0 mg.
All pulses – 0 mg.
All nuts – 0 mg.
All seeds- 0 mg.
All vegetable oils – 0 mg.

Here is a further list of the worst foods to exclude from your regular diet

Oils to avoid

  • Palm oil
  • Coconut oil

Saturated fats

Eating saturated fats is the main cause of high cholesterol. Though it tends to raise HDL the good cholesterol, it also raises LDL, the bad cholesterol significantly. The American Heart Association recommends limiting your saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of your total daily calories. Even a moderate reduction will reduce your LDL numbers.

Examples include:

  • Butter
  • Bacon drippings
  • Lard

Trans fats

These are foods that are commercially made and packed to increase shelf life. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils go through a manufacturing process to make them solid and increase their shelf life. They make up 75% of the trans fatty acids in the American diet.

The American Heart Association recommends that your trans fat consumption should not exceed one percent of total calorie consumption on any given day. Study the nutrition facts label and if they say hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, then there are trans fats in there.

Examples include hard margarine, snack crackers, cookies, chips, and shortenings.

Fatty meats

Corned beef, pastrami (a meat product made from beef, mutton or pork), ribs, ground meat, steak, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, and processed meats like bologna.

Milk products

Restrict products made from milk that has more than 1% fat such as cream and cheese. Use instead products made from fat-free (0.2% milk fat) or low-fat milk with 0% to 1% fat.

No fast foods

Avoid fast foods like hamburgers, fried chicken, fries, and tacos.

In spite of these restrictions, some kind-hearted experts are a little liberal and allow you to go for such foods if you love them once a week, provided:

  • Your cholesterol levels are under control
  • You exercise regularly
  • You stick to the advised diet otherwise.
  • You take the prescribed medication as advised.