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A Low-Cholesterol Food List for Your New Diet

Low-Cholesterol Food List-Add Foods from the Low Cholesterol Food List Every Day


Updated March 29, 2014

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Low-Cholesterol Food List Grocery List

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You can begin a cholesterol-friendly diet by reviewing the low-cholesterol food list* below. Thankfully, a low-cholesterol diet requires adding many foods to your daily routine, not just abstaining from foods that are unhealthy. Take this list with you to the grocery store and try something new and healthy!


Fresh or frozen vegetables; especially dark green leafy 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 wheat, rye, pumpernickel breads; whole wheat tortillas and bagels

Whole grain cereals such as those that are oat, bran, or rice based


Tofu, tempeh, soy/vegetable burgers

Dried peas and beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, soybeans, lentils, vegetarian baked beans


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, especially salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, tuna, tilapia, and cod (eat at least two servings of fish each week)

Seafood: clams, oysters, lobster, scallops, lobster and shrimp


Skim (nonfat) or 1% milk; 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


*Be certain to consult your physician for specific dietary guidelines. Your requirements may exclude some of these foods.

Also remember: Though 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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