This list of low cholesterol cheeses is for those looking to lower their LDL cholesterol, but don't want to eliminate cheese from their diet completely.
In general, low cholesterol cheeses include those where the milk fat has been reduced or removed. These include low-fat cottage cheese, fat-free cream cheese, non-fat cheddar, non-fat Swiss, low-fat ricotta, soft goat cheese, low-fat provolone, low-fat mozzarella, grated parmesan, and blue cheese.
On average low cholesterol cheeses have 7mg (2%DV) of cholesterol per ounce vs high cholesterol cheeses which have 31mg cholesterol (12% DV) per ounce.
Below is a table of the 10 cheeses lowest in cholesterol per ounce. For more, see the list of cheeses high in cholesterol to avoid, and the complete ranking of over 100 dairy foods low in cholesterol.
|#1 Low-Fat Cottage Cheese||per oz||0% DV
|#2 Fat-Free Cream Cheese||per oz||1% DV
|#3 Non-Fat Cheddar||per oz||2% DV
|#4 Non-Fat Swiss||per oz||2% DV
|#5 Low-Fat Ricotta Cheese||per oz||3% DV
|#6 Soft Goat Cheese||per oz||4% DV
|#7 Low-Fat Provolone||per oz||5% DV
|#8 Low-Fat Mozzarella||per oz||6% DV
|#9 Grated Parmesan||per oz||6% DV
|#10 Blue Cheese||per oz||7% DV
Recently there has been a lot of controversy over whether a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol really affects cholesterol levels. A 2010 study reviewing the advice to reduce consumption of saturated fats found that eating a diet lower in saturated fat and cholesterol is still beneficial for reducing LDL cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk. Note: This is only true if a low-fat diet is not replaced with a high sugar diet. A diet which lowers cholesterol requires reducing consumption of saturated fats, cholesterol, and refined sugar.
Cholesterol reduction can be affected by genetics, but in general it is best to:
|#1 Port De Salut||12% DV (35mg) in per oz|
|#2 Gouda||11% DV (32mg) in per oz|
|#3 Gruyere||10% DV (31mg) in per oz|
|#4 Hard Goat Cheese||10% DV (30mg) in per oz|
|#5 Tilsit||10% DV (29mg) in per oz|
|#6 Brie||9% DV (28mg) in per oz|
|#7 Cheddar||9% DV (28mg) in per oz|
|#8 Colby||9% DV (27mg) in per oz|
|#9 Gjetost||9% DV (27mg) in per oz|
|#10 Swiss||9% DV (26mg) in per oz|