As the name itself suggests, a “low cholesterol diet” will concentrate on limiting, or eliminating foods that are have a high cholesterol content and replacing them with food that has either lower, or no, cholesterol.
It is well known that there are certain foods that naturally have much higher cholesterol content than most others and it is a relatively simple matter to limit how big a part they play in your diet, or even avoid them altogether.
The “Big 6” foods that are naturally high in cholesterol and should be limited if you are working on reducing your cholesterol are: Meats from organs (brains, liver, etc.)
Egg Yolks (but egg whites are fine)
Whole milk (use 2%, or low fat)
While it is true that avoiding these foods will reduce cholesterol intake, it really isn’t a very good idea to completely eliminate any of the foods listed above. Besides having high levels of cholesterol, these foods also contain vital proteins, minerals, and vitamins our bodies absolutely require to maintain proper basic functioning.
Plus the body does require some cholesterol as well. It is a fundamental building block of the cell membranes and is also a vital source of energy. So, before beginning a diet primarily made up of cholesterol lowering foods you will need to plan on how to replace not only the lost nutrients but also make up for the lost energy source as well.