Cholesterol is an essential sterol needed for proper functioning of human body. Human body meets its cholesterol requirement from dietary sources and by indigenously synthesizing it. However, indigenously produced cholesterol is sufficient to meet the body's requirements. Therefore, for healthy people, there is no need to depend on diet for cholesterol. For this reason, there is no Adequate Intake (AI) or Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) set for cholesterol, for humans of any age.

Foods of animal origin are high in cholesterol. If one wants to consume cholesterol free foods, however, a variety of foods of plant origin which are free of any cholesterol are available. Additional benefit of plant-based diet is that some of them are sources of phytosterols which can help lower serum total and LDL cholesterol.

In the following tables are lists of foods known to be free of any cholesterol (zero cholesterol content).

Table 1: List of fruits and vegetables free of cholesterol.

Food items Cholesterol content
Bambo shoots, canned, drained solids
0
Orange Juice
0
Broccoli, raw
0
Melons, honeydew, raw
0
Raisins, seedless
0
Alfalfa seeds, sprouted, raw
0
Rasberries, raw
0
Asparagus, cooked, boiled, drained
0
Watermelon, raw
0
Beans, snap, green, frozen, regular pack, drained solids
0
Apples
0
Blueberry
0
Banana
0
Avocados
0
Rice, white
0
Oat bran
0
Mashroom
0
Sweet potato
0
Spinach
0
Potato
0
Celery
0
Cauliflower
0
Cabbage
0
Tomato
0
Lettuce
0
Garlic
0
Cucumber
0
Squash
0
Onions
0
Pepper
0
Bread, rye
0
Bread, cracked-wheat
0
Dill weed, fresh
0
Cocoa mix, powder
0