Recommended Foods

If you are trying to lower your cholesterol, follow the guidelines for these food groups:


  • Whole grain breads and cereals, including oats and barley
  • Pasta, especially whole wheat or other whole grain types
  • Brown rice
  • Low-fat crackers and pretzels


  • Fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables without added fat or salt


  • Fresh, frozen, canned, dried fruit

Meat and other Proteins

  • Lean cuts of beef and pork (loin, leg, round, extra lean hamburger)
  • Skinless poultry
  • Fish
  • Venison and other wild game
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Meat alternatives made with soy or textured vegetable protein
  • Egg whites or egg substitute
  • Cold cuts made with lean meat or soy protein

Fats and Oils

  • Unsaturated oils (olive, peanut, soy, sunflower, canola)
  • Soft or liquid margarines and vegetable oil spreads
  • Salad dressings
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Avocado