Control Your Cholesterol Before It Controls You...Remember that cholesterol is contained in foods that might not be considered fatty or unhealthy. For example chicken and turkey have cholesterol even being low in fat and high in protein. Inversely salmon is high in fat but low in cholesterol. We are supposed to consume 300 mg or less (200 or less if you have known heart disease) daily. Some common foods to consider limiting in your day that one might not think about are shrimp, crab, lobster, egg yolks and cheese. These foods do have enough cholesterol to possibly push you over your daily allowance. Think about avoiding or limiting food high in saturated fats rather than taking supplements or other food to try to lower your LDL, or bad cholesterol. Exercise and quitting smoking are a good way to increase your HDL, which is the good cholesterol. If you do all of those things but your genetics are working against you, then medication might be worth considering.