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Table 3. Top Food Sources of Cholesterol Raising Fata among US Population, 2005–2006 NHANESb

Ranking Food item Contribution to intake (%) Cumulative contribution (%)
1 Regular cheese 9.3 9.3
2 Dairy desserts 6.0 15.4
3 Pizza 6.0 21.3
4 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 5.4 26.7
5 Grain-based desserts 4.9 31.6
6 Sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs 4.6 36.2
7 Reduced fat milk 4.2 40.4
8 Burgers 4.1 44.6
9 Mexican mixed dishes 4.0 48.6
10 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.8 52.4
11 Beef and beef mixed dishes 3.8 56.2
12 Whole milk 3.7 59.9
13 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 3.2 63.1
14 Butter 3.1 66.2
15 Potato/corn/other chips 2.8 69.0
16 Candy 2.7 71.7
17 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 2.2 73.9
a: Saturated fat minus stearic acid.
b: NHANES = National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Specific foods contributing at least 1% of Cholesterol Raising fat in descending order: Cold cuts, Yeast breads, Fried white potatoes, salad dressing, soups, cream, reduced fat cheese, other white potatoes, pork and pork mixed dishes.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013