Foods to Lower Cholesterol

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RECOMMENDED Food List to Lower Cholesterol


Breads: 100% whole wheat or whole grain

Whole grain crackers

Whole wheat or corn tortillas

Cereals: whole grain and low in sugar and fats

Brown rice

Whole wheat pasta

Rice cakes

Other grains: bulgur, couscous, quinoa, barley

Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, peanuts and other nuts



Fat free or 1% milk

Soy, almond and rice milk (non-dairy)

Reduced fat cheese (3 grams or less of fat per serving)

Low fat or nonfat yogurt

Low fat cottage cheese


Egg / Egg Substitutes

Whole eggs: no more than 2 per week

Egg whites

Egg Beaters™ (or store brand)


Apples, pears, bananas, avocado, grapefruit, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and citrus fruits – oranges, lemons and limes



Cabbage, kale greens, onions, eggplant and okra



Chicken: white meat, skin removed

Turkey: white meat, skin removed


Beef: eye of round, top round, sirloin

Extra lean ground beef

Pork: tenderloin, sirloin, top loin

99% fat-free lunch meats (watch sodium levels)

Meat Alternatives

Tofu or tempeh


Lentils and beans

Boca Products™

Morning Star Farms Products™


Photo Attributions – Walnuts photo © U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); avocado and cabbage photos © NY Photographic. Photo License: Creative Commons 3 – CC BY-SA 3.0 and Creative Commons 2


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