The fatty substance known as cholesterol is indispensable in a human organism. It does its job perfectly while the levels of it in blood are normal. However, when cholesterol is present in excessive quantities, it is known to set off various medical conditions and ailments. Among them we have coronary problems, for example.
Food and cholesterol in it
There are different factors that contribute to having the high cholesterol in blood, and one of them is selection of food which contains too much cholesterol. One of the ways of controlling the level of cholesterol in blood is regulating the amount of food rich in cholesterol that we take in. This process of selection which foodstuffs to eliminate and which to keep but moderate needs to be carefully guided, since some cholesterol-rich food items also contain invaluable, essential nutrients. Cutting them off entirely could deprive us of precious nutritious elements.
Some foods contain more cholesterol, some less. A person affected by high level of cholesterol should be aware of which food contains dangerous nutrients so that they could control and moderate their intake of such food. Below we are offering a list of foodstuffs that are rich in cholesterol. For further info, please consult your nutritionist. The level of cholesterol can be pretty efficiently controlled by medications, but it is always better to e.g. take control of the food you consume and plan it wisely in order to help your body maintain a healthy level of cholesterol.
Cholesterol content of specific foodstuffs
Among the food that contains the most cholesterol we have beef and veal. Among different types of meat, they are the ones that have the highest levels of cholesterol – 3100 mg of cholesterol per 100 g of meat. Pork and lamb are following them very closely, with 2552 mg and 2504 mg of cholesterol respectively per 100 g of meat. You do not have to eliminate these types of meat, but be careful about how much you consume.
Doctors and nutritionists will recommend to people suffering from high cholesterol that they avoid egg yolk. This is justified, of course, since egg yolk contains 1234 mg of cholesterol per 100 g, and the powdered form of egg yolk contains almost twice as much. Down the ladder in terms of cholesterol content we have herring oil, sardine oil, caviar, speaking about fish products. A bit further down on the scale we have edible entrails of animals, including beef – kidneys, lamb – kidneys, chicken – liver, goose – liver. Among foodstuffs that contain not so much cholesterol we can include turkey entrails, as well as Alaskan whitefish.