What Foods are High in Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is found in all animal tissues; therefore, all foods of animal origin contain dietary cholesterol. How much cholesterol there is in a food product varies depending on meat type (for example, beef vs chicken) and the body part of the animal the meat comes from (for example, brain vs beef).

In the following tables are lists of cholesterol food sources and their corresponding cholesterol content (in mg per 100 g of edible food portion). The lists represent the top 100 foods highest in cholesterol content from more than 7500 food items common in North American diet. The high cholesterol foods list is extracted from the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory, the gold standard reference for nutritional data.

Table 1(a): List of top 100 common foods with the highest cholesterol content - part 1.

RankCholesterol food sourcesCholesterol content (mg/ 100 g edible food portion)
1 Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, simmered 3100.00
2 Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 3100.00
3 Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 3010.00
4 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 2552.00
5 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 2504.00
6 Egg, yolk, dried 2335.00
7 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 2195.00
8 Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 2120.00
9 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, braised 2043.00
10 Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 2017.00
11 Beef, variety meats and by-products, brain, cooked, pan-fried 1995.00
12 Egg, whole, dried 1715.00
13 Veal, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 1590.00
14 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, brain, raw 1352.00
15 Egg, yolk, raw, fresh 1234.00
16 Egg, yolk, raw, frozen 1075.00
17 Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, sugared 959.00
18 Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, salted 955.00
19 Egg, turkey, whole, fresh, raw 933.00
20 Egg, duck, whole, fresh, raw 884.00
21 Egg, goose, whole, fresh, raw 852.00
22 Egg, quail, whole, fresh, raw 844.00
23 Veal, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 791.00
24 Fish oil, herring 766.00
25 Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, simmered 716.00
26 Fish oil, sardine 710.00
27 Fish, caviar, black and red, granular 588.00
28 Egg substitute, powder 572.00
29 Fish oil, cod liver 570.00
30 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 565.00
31 Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, pan-fried 564.00
32 Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, simmered 563.00
33 Fish oil, menhaden 521.00
34 Duck, domesticated, liver, raw 515.00
35 Goose, liver, raw 515.00
36 Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 511.00
37 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 504.00
38 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 501.00
39 Fish oil, menhaden, fully hydrogenated 500.00
40 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 493.00
41 Fish oil, salmon 485.00
42 Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 485.00
43 Pork, fresh, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 480.00
44 Fish, roe, mixed species, cooked, dry heat 479.00
45 Egg, whole, cooked, fried 457.00
46 Veal, variety meats and by-products, spleen, cooked, braised 447.00
47 Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, fried 446.00
48 Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, simmered 442.00
49 Fish, whitefish, eggs (Alaska Native) 439.00
50 Chicken, capons, giblets, cooked, simmered 434.00
51 Egg, whole, raw, frozen 432.00
52 McDONALD'S, Scrambled Eggs 427.00
53 Fast foods, egg, scrambled 426.00
54 Egg, whole, cooked, hard-boiled 424.00
55 Egg, whole, raw, fresh 423.00
56 Egg, whole, cooked, poached 422.00
57 Beef, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, raw 411.00
58 Lamb, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 400.00
59 Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 396.00
60 Pate, chicken liver, canned 391.00