Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

19. Should I limit the amount of cholesterol I consume?

Look for ways to limit the amount of cholesterol you consume. People with high levels of "bad," or LDL cholesterol in their blood are at high risk for heart disease. They should eat less than 200 mg of cholesterol daily. The Nutrition Facts label tells you how much cholesterol is in one serving of packaged foods.

(Note: The FDA recently proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label to reflect the latest scientific information linking diet and chronic diseases like obesity and heart disease. Proposed updates include a new design that better highlights key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.)

Cholesterol is only found in animal products so you don't need to worry about it being in fruits or vegetables unless butter, cheese, cream, or sauces and gravies made from meat or meat broths are added.

Talk with your doctor or other health care provider about getting your cholesterol checked. Also discuss ways to lower your cholesterol level and limit the cholesterol you consume, if needed.