Foods That Are Low in Cholesterol

Foods that are low in cholesterol offer a variety of flavorful options

Following the TLC Diet (developed by the National Institutes of Health) means satisfying your taste buds while doing something good for your health. The diet includes a variety of foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Here is the diet broken down by food groups:

Breads/Cereals/Grains: Have 6 or more servings a day of whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, and potatoes. Adjust to your calorie needs.

Vegetables/Dry Beans/Peas: Enjoy 3 to 5 servings a day of these nutritious, fiber-rich foods. Eat them fresh, frozen, or canned (without added fat or salt).

Fruits: Just 2 to 4 servings a day give you vitamins, fiber, and other key nutrients. Eat them fresh, frozen, canned, or dried (without added sugar).

Dairy Products: Have 2 to 3 servings a day of foods such as fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, and low-fat cheese.

Eggs: Eat 2 or fewer yolks per week. Egg whites or egg substitutes are a protein-rich, no-cholesterol alternative to whole eggs.

Meat/Poultry/Fish: Have 5 or fewer ounces a day of lean beef/hamburger, pork, chicken (without the skin), and cold cuts made of lean meat. Limit organ meats, which are high in cholesterol, and eat shrimp only occasionally, as they are moderately high in cholesterol.

Fats/Oils: The amount that you eat should depend on your calorie needs. This includes nuts in moderation, unsaturated vegetable oils (such as canola and olive oil), and other fats labeled “low saturated fat.”

Fill your shopping cart with foods that are low in cholesterol

Different foods help lower cholesterol in different ways. Some are high in soluble fiber, which binds to cholesterol. Others have polyunsaturated fats, which help lower LDL. Still others contain plant sterols and stanols, which can block cholesterol absorption.

This helpful shopping list includes 11 foods that are low in cholesterol:

  • Oats (oatmeal or cold oat-based cereals)
  • Barley and other whole grains
  • Beans
  • Eggplant and okra
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and others)
  • Vegetable oils (canola, sunflower, olive, and others)
  • Apples, grapes, strawberries, and citrus fruits
  • Foods fortified with sterols and stanols
  • Soy (soybeans, tofu, and soy milk)
  • Fatty fish
  • Fiber supplements (called psyllium)

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Important Safety Information About CRESTOR Tablets

  • CRESTOR is not right for everyone. Do not take CRESTOR if you are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant; have liver problems; or have had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR
  • Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver before starting treatment... read more and if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking CRESTOR
  • CRESTOR is not right for everyone. Do not take CRESTOR if you are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant; have liver problems; or have had an allergic reaction... read more to CRESTOR
  • Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver before starting treatment and if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking CRESTOR
  • Call your doctor right away if you:
    • Have unexplained muscle pain or weakness, especially with fever
    • Have muscle problems that do not go away even after your doctor told you to stop taking CRESTOR
    • Feel unusually tired
    • Have loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark urine, or yellowing of skin or eyes.
    These could be signs of rare but serious side effects
  • Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including CRESTOR
  • Side effects: The most common side effects may include headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea. Memory loss and confusion have also been reported with statins, including CRESTOR
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about other medicines you are taking

Talk to your doctor about prescription CRESTOR.

Approved Uses for CRESTOR

When diet and exercise alone aren't enough to lower cholesterol, adding CRESTOR can help.

In adults, CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet to lower high cholesterol and to slow plaque buildup in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.

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Savings Card Eligibility and Terms of Use

*Patient Eligibility for Savings Card:

You may be eligible for this offer if you are insured by commercial insurance and your insurance does not cover the full cost of your prescription, or you are not insured and are responsible for the cost of your prescriptions.

Patients who are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program are not eligible for this offer. This includes patients enrolled in Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) programs or TriCare, and patients who are Medicare eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored group waiver health plan or government-subsidized prescription drug benefit program for retirees. If you are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program, you may not use this Savings Card even if you elect to be processed as an uninsured (cash-paying) patient.

This offer is not insurance and is restricted to residents of the United States and Puerto Rico, and patients over 18 years of age. This offer is valid for retail prescriptions only.

Terms of Use: Eligible commercially insured patients with a valid prescription for CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets who present this Savings Card at participating pharmacies will pay $3 for a 30-, 60-, or 90-day supply, subject to a maximum savings of $130 per 30-day supply, $260 per 60-day supply, or $390 per 90-day supply. Eligible cash-paying patients will receive up to $130 in savings on out-of-pocket costs per 30-day supply. Offer good for 12 uses; each 30-day supply counts as 1 use. This offer is good for a 30-day supply, 60-day supply, or 90-day supply, and expires 14 months from the date of first use. Other restrictions may apply. Patient is responsible for applicable taxes, if any. If you have any questions regarding this offer, please call 1-855-687-21511-855-687-2151.

Nontransferable, limited to one per person, cannot be combined with any other offer. Void in Massachusetts and where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. Patients, pharmacists, and prescribers cannot seek reimbursement from health insurance or any third party for any part of the benefit received by the patient through this offer. AstraZeneca reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer, eligibility, and terms of use at any time without notice. This offer is not conditioned on any past, present, or future purchase, including refills. Offer must be presented along with a valid prescription for CRESTOR at the time of purchase.

BY USING THIS CARD, YOU AND YOUR PHARMACIST UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THESE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND TERMS OF USE.

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*Patient Eligibility for Mail-order Rebate: You may be eligible for this offer if you are insured by commercial insurance and your insurance does not cover the full cost of your prescription, or you are not insured and are responsible for the cost of your prescriptions.

Patients who are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program are not eligible for this offer. This includes patients enrolled in Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) programs or TriCare, and patients who are Medicare eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored group waiver health plan or government-subsidized prescription drug benefit program for retirees. If you are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program, you may not use this rebate form even if you elect to be processed as an uninsured (cash-paying) patient.

This offer is not insurance and is restricted to residents of the United States and Puerto Rico, and patients over 18 years of age. This offer is valid for prescription purchased through a mail-order pharmacy.

Terms of Use: Eligible commercially insured patients with a valid prescription for CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets will pay $3 for a 30-, 60-, or 90-day supply, subject to a maximum savings of $130 per 30-day supply, $260 per 60-day supply, or $390 per 90-day supply. Eligible cash-paying patients will receive up to $130 in savings on out-of-pocket costs per 30-day supply. Offer good for 12 uses; each 30-day supply counts as 1 use. This offer is good for a 30-day supply, 60-day supply, or 90-day supply, and expires 14 months from the date of first use. Other restrictions may apply. Patient is responsible for applicable taxes, if any. If you have any questions regarding this offer, please call 1-855-687-21511-855-687-2151.

Nontransferable, limited to one per person, cannot be combined with any other offer. Void in Massachusetts and where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. Patients, pharmacists, and prescribers cannot seek reimbursement from health insurance or any third party for any part of the benefit received by the patient through this offer. AstraZeneca reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer, eligibility, and terms of use at any time without notice. This offer is not conditioned on any past, present, or future purchase, including refills. A valid prescription for CRESTOR must be presented at the time of purchase.

BY USING THIS REBATE FORM, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THESE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND TERMS OF USE.

Program managed by PSKW, LLC, on behalf of AstraZeneca.