Learn to make healthier food choices by using the Nutrition Facts table on prepackaged foods. Cholesterol is found in the Nutrition Facts table.
Cholesterol is a type of fat made by the body. It is also found in some foods.
Foods that are high in saturated and trans fats may increase your blood cholesterol level. This increases your risk of developing heart disease. Foods that are high in cholesterol may also increase your blood cholesterol level.
Did you know?
Cholesterol only comes from animal-based foods, such as cheese, eggs and meat. It is not found in plant-based foods, such as fruit, grains and vegetables.
Cholesterol is found in many foods:
The % Daily Value for cholesterol is optional. This means that a food company may choose to show it in the Nutrition Facts table if they want to.
When there is a % DV for cholesterol, the Daily Value used in nutrition labelling is based on 300 mg of cholesterol for a reference diet.
For example, if the Nutrition Facts table shows 30 mg of cholesterol, the product would have a % Daily Value for cholesterol of 10%.
(30 mg ÷ 300 mg) × 100 = 10%.
Remember: 5% DV or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot for all nutrients.