A Low-Cholesterol Food List for Your New Diet

Add Foods from the Low-Cholesterol Food List to Your Diet Every Day

Low Cholesterol Foods
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You can begin a cholesterol-friendly diet by reviewing the low-cholesterol food list, below.

As with any diet, be certain to consult your physician for specific dietary guidelines. Your requirements may exclude some of these foods.

Thankfully, a low-cholesterol diet requires adding many foods to your daily routine, not just abstaining from foods that are unhealthy.

Print this handy list and take it with you to the grocery store and try something new and healthy.

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Fresh or frozen vegetables; especially dark, leafy green vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, and spinach) and deep orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potato, acorn and butternut squash)
  • Healthy soups: Tomato, vegetable, chicken, minestrone (low sodium when possible)

Whole Grains

  • Whole-wheat, rye and pumpernickel bread, whole-wheat tortillas and bagels
  • Whole-grain cereals such as those that are oat, bran, or rice-based

Beans and Vegetable-Protein Foods

  • Tofu, tempeh, soy/vegetable burgers
  • Dried peas and beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, soybeans, lentils, vegetarian baked beans

Eggs and Meat

  • Egg whites and egg substitute
  • Lean meats: Sirloin, chuck, loin and round; choose "choice" or "select" grades rather than "prime" and lean or extra-lean ground meats
  • Skinless turkey and chicken chose light meat over dark meat)

Fish and Seafood

  • Fish: Especially salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, tuna, tilapia, and cod (eat at least two servings of fish each week)
  • Seafood: Clams, oysters, lobster, scallops, and shrimp

Dairy Products

  • Skim (nonfat) or 1% milk and low-fat or non-fat evaporated or condensed milk for cooking
  • Low-fat or non-fat dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, and yogurts


  • Fresh fruits (Note that grapefruit can interact with many cholesterol-lowering medications and should be avoided. Ask your physician if grapefruit is appropriate for you.)
  • Lite air-popped or microwave popcorn
  • Fat-free or non-fat sherbet or sorbet
  • Low-fat angel food cake
  • Low-fat cookies, such as animal crackers
  • Baked potato chips
  • All-fruit snack bars
  • Gelatin

Remember: Although some foods may be more advised for a cholesterol-lowering diet than others, calories are calories, and they can add up whether you're eating healthy foods or junkier options. Be sure to be mindful as you plan your diet.

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