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Table 1. Top Food Sources of Cholesterola among US Population, 2005–06 NHANESb

Ranking Food item % Cumulative %
1 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 24.6 24.6
2 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 12.5 37.1
3 Beef and beef mixed dishes 6.4 43.6
4 Burgers 4.6 48.2
5 Regular cheese 4.2 52.4
6 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 3.9 56.3
7 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 3.4 59.7
8 Grain-based desserts 3.3 63.0
9 Dairy desserts 3.2 66.3
10 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.1 69.3
11 Pizza 2.9 72.2
12 Mexican mixed dishes 2.9 75.1
13 Cold cuts 2.7 77.8
14 Reduced fat milk 2.5 80.3
15 Pork and pork mixed dishes 2.3 82.6
16 Shrimp and shrimp mixed dishes 2.0 84.6
a: Specific foods contributing at least 1% of cholesterol in descending order: whole milk, butter, soups, quickbreads, pancakes/waffles/French toast.
b: NHANES = National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013