Top 10 Cheeses Low in Cholesterol

This list of low cholesterol cheeses is for those looking to lower their LDL cholesterol, but don't want to eliminate cheese from their diet completely.

In general low cholesterol cheeses include those where the milk fat has been reduced or removed. These include low-fat cottage cheese, fat-free cheddar, fat-free cream cheese, fat-free Swiss cheese, non-fat mozzarella, low-fat cheddar or Colby, part-skim ricotta, low-fat Swiss, soft goat cheese, and whole milk ricotta.

Below is a table of the 10 cheeses lowest in cholesterol per ounce. The table also includes their amount of sodium and calories. See the photo below to understand how much 1 ounce of cheese is equal to.

On average low cholesterol cheeses have 7mg (2%DV) of cholesterol per ounce vs high cholesterol cheeses which have 31mg cholesterol (12% DV) per ounce. Be sure to also see the list of cheeses high in cholesterol to avoid.


Low Cholesterol Cheeses

Average Low Cholesterol Cheese7mg Cholesterol (2% DV)7% DV Sodium43 CaloriesNutrient Ranking
Lowfat Cottage Cheese (1% Milkfat)1mg Cholesterol (0%)5% DV Sodium20 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Fat-Free American or Cheddar Cheese3mg Cholesterol (1%)18% DV Sodium41 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Fat-Free Cream Cheese3mg Cholesterol (1%)8% DV Sodium29 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Fat-Free Swiss Cheese5mg Cholesterol (2%)12% DV Sodium36 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Nonfat Mozzarella5mg Cholesterol (2%)9% DV Sodium39 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Low-Fat Ceddar or Colby6mg Cholesterol (2%)10% DV Sodium48 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Part Skim Ricotta9mg Cholesterol (3%)1% DV Sodium39 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Low-Fat Swiss10mg Cholesterol (3%)2% DV Sodium50 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Soft Goat Cheese13mg Cholesterol (4%)5% DV Sodium74 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Whole Milk Ricotta14mg Cholesterol (5%)1% DV Sodium49 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
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High Cholesterol Cheeses to Avoid

Average High Cholesterol Cheese31mg Cholesterol (10% DV)12% DV Sodium123 CaloriesNutrient Ranking
Port De Salut34mg Cholesterol (11%)6% DV Sodium99 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Fontina Cheese32mg Cholesterol (11%)9% DV Sodium109 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Gouda32mg Cholesterol (11%)10% DV Sodium100 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Gruyere31mg Cholesterol (10%)8% DV Sodium116 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Hard Goat Cheese29mg Cholesterol (10%)5% DV Sodium127 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Anejo (Mexican Queso)29mg Cholesterol (10%)13% DV Sodium104 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Asadero (Mexican Queso)29mg Cholesterol (10%)8% DV Sodium100 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Chihuahua (Mexican Queso)29mg Cholesterol (10%)7% DV Sodium105 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Romano29mg Cholesterol (10%)17% DV Sodium108 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Cheshire29mg Cholesterol (10%)8% DV Sodium108 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Tilsit29mg Cholesterol (10%)9% DV Sodium95 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Brie28mg Cholesterol (9%)7% DV Sodium94 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Muenster27mg Cholesterol (9%)7% DV Sodium103 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Colby27mg Cholesterol (9%)7% DV Sodium110 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Mexican Blend27mg Cholesterol (9%)4% DV Sodium100 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Gjetost26mg Cholesterol (9%)7% DV Sodium130 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Swiss26mg Cholesterol (9%)2% DV Sodium110 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Limburger25mg Cholesterol (8%)9% DV Sodium92 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Roquefort25mg Cholesterol (8%)21% DV Sodium103 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Edam25mg Cholesterol (8%)10% DV Sodium100 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Feta25mg Cholesterol (8%)11% DV Sodium74 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Monterey25mg Cholesterol (8%)7% DV Sodium104 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
Grated Parmesan grated24mg Cholesterol (8%)21% DV Sodium118 Calories Complete Nutrition Facts
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Does Cheese Really Increase Your LDL Cholesterol?

Recently there has been a lot of controversy over whether a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol really affects cholesterol levels. A 2010 study reviewing the advice to reduce consumption of saturated fats found that eating a diet lower in saturated fat and cholesterol is still beneficial for reducing LDL cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk. Note: This is only true if a low-fat diet is not replaced with a high sugar diet. A diet which lowers cholesterol requires reducing consumption of saturated fats, cholesterol, and refined sugar.

What else can I do to lower cholesterol?

Cholesterol reduction can be affected by genetics, but in general it is best to:

Fore more, see the article on Cholesterol Lowering Foods.

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    • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.