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Food NameCholesterolSaturated FatCSI
Butter, salted21551.463
Butter, whipped, with salt21950.562
Butter oil, anhydrous25661.975
Cheese, blue7518.723
Cheese, brick9418.824
Cheese, brie10017.423
Cheese, camembert7215.319
Cheese, caraway9318.623
Cheese, cheddar10521.127
Cheese, cheshire10319.525
Cheese, colby9520.225
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd171.73
Cheese, cottage, creamed, with fruit132.33
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd70.21
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Cholesterol Saturated Fat Index (CSI)

People trying to lower their blood cholesterol now have a new formula: an index that describes the combined content of cholesterol and saturated fat in foods. Researchers at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland who designed this "cholesterol/saturated-fat index" (CSI) say it is more useful than separate measurements of cholesterol and saturated fat -- both of which have been shown to raise blood cholesterol levels -- because it allows a person to directly compare the total harmful effect of various foods. The higher the CSI, the worse a food is for your blood cholesterol levels.

Separate indexes confuse the comparison, partly because cholesterol is measured in milligrams and saturated fat is measured in grams, says Sonja L. Connor, one of the Oregon medical researchers who describe their index in the May 31 LANCET. Adding to the confusion is that some foods, such as liver and shellfish, are high in cholesterol but low in saturated fats, while others, such as chocolate and some oils, are high in fats but contain no cholesterol.

The CSI equation multiplies 1.01 times the grams of saturated fat in 3.5 ounces (or 100 grams) of a food and adds it to 0.05 times the milligrams of cholesterol.

The researchers provide the formula, we provide the easy to use tool for evaluating food quality: Our CSI database automatically calculates the CSI of over 8,000 common foods. The ability to search and sort foods on their CSI ratings makes choosing foods for healthy heart much easier.

The cholesterol-saturated fat index for coronary prevention

information from the National Institutes of Health

CSI is an index that describes the combined content of cholesterol and saturated fat in foods.

The potential of a food or a diet to raise the plasma level of total and low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and to promote atherosclerosis is directly related to its cholesterol and saturated fat content. Researchers at the Department of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University have devised a new formula that indicates the concentrations of cholesterol and saturated fat in foods, termed the cholesterol-saturated fat index (CSI).

A low CSI indicates low saturated fat and/or cholesterol content and thus hypocholesterolemic and low atherogenic potential. The CSI may be used to compare different foods and recipes and to evaluate daily intake quickly and easily.

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Foods Highest in Cholesterol Saturated Fat Index



CSI
Foods Highest in Cholesterol Saturated Fat Index

156
Brains, cooked

91
Breaded brains, Puerto Rican style (Sesos rebosados)

87
Coconut oil

75
Ghee, clarified butter

71
Egg, yolk only, raw

71
Egg, yolk only, cooked

64
Lemon-butter sauce

63
Butter, stick, salted

63
Butter, stick, unsalted

63
Butter

63
Butter, whipped, tub, unsalted

63
Butter, whipped, stick, unsalted

63
Butter, whipped, stick, salted

62
Butter, whipped, tub, salted

55
Goat head, cooked

48
Hollandaise sauce

48
Duck egg, cooked

46
Goose egg, cooked

46
Squid, dried

45
Quail egg, canned

44
Shortening, animal

44
Lard

41
Bernaise sauce

41
Animal fat or drippings

40
Light butter, stick, unsalted

40
Light butter, stick, salted

40
Light butter, whipped, tub, salted

39
Butter-margarine blend, stick, salted

37
Kidney, cooked


CSI
Foods Highest in Cholesterol Saturated Fat Index

35
Cheese, Cheddar or American type, dry, grated

34
Fat back, cooked

34
Roe, sturgeon

33
Butter-margarine blend, tub, salted

33
Butter-vegetable oil blend

33
Cream substitute, powdered

33
Alfredo sauce

32
Shrimp, dried

32
Salt pork, cooked

32
Butter-margarine blend, stick, unsalted

31
Chicken liver, fried

30
Cream, heavy, whipped, unsweetened

30
Cream, heavy, fluid

30
Coconut meat, fresh

30
Chicken liver, braised

30
Shrimp-egg patty (Torta de Cameron seco)

29
Carob chips

29
Plantain chips

29
Coconut meat, dried, sweetened

28
Cream, heavy, whipped, sweetened

28
Cheese, cream

27
Egg, whole, fried without fat

27
Egg, whole, fried

27
Egg, whole, baked, fat not added in cooking

27
Pork, dehydrated, oriental style

27
Cheese, natural, Cheddar or American type

26
Cottonseed oil

26
Egg, whole, baked

26
Egg, whole, baked, fat added in cooking

26
Cheese, Cheddar or Colby, low sodium

26
Chocolate-flavored sprinkles


CSI
Foods Highest in Cholesterol Saturated Fat Index

25
Coffee, dry instant powder, with whitener and low calorie sweetener

25
Cheese, Fontina

25
Cheese, Colby

25
Honey butter

25
Cream, light, whipped, unsweetened

25
Cake, pound, Puerto Rican style (Ponque)

25
Cheese, Gruyere

25
Cheese, processed, American and Swiss blends

25
Cheese, processed, with vegetables

25
Cheese, processed, American or Cheddar type, low sodium

24
Queso Anejo (aged Mexican cheese)

24
Cheese, Colby Jack

24
Egg, whole, pickled

24
Egg, whole, boiled

24
Butterscotch morsels

24
Queso Chihuahua

24
Egg, whole, raw

24
Cheese, Mexican blend

24
Egg, whole, poached

24
Cheese, Muenster

24
Egg, whole, cooked

24
Cheese, goat

24
Hog maws (stomach), cooked

24
Chantilly Cream

24
Dip, cream cheese base

24
Roe, shad, cooked

24
Cheese, Monterey

24
Cheese, Brick

24
Liver paste or pate, chicken

24
Topping, chocolate, hard coating

24
Egg, deviled


CSI
Foods Highest in Cholesterol Saturated Fat Index

23
Egg, Benedict

23
Queso Asadero

23
Chitterlings, cooked

23
Cheese, Parmesan, low sodium

23
Dietetic or low calorie candy, chocolate covered

23
Cheese, Port du Salut

23
Granola bar, with coconut, chocolate-coated

23
Cheese spread, cream cheese, regular

23
Cheese, Blue or Roquefort

23
Beef, shortribs, cooked, lean and fat eaten

23
Beef, shortribs, cooked

23
Cheese, Brie

23
Cheese, Gouda or Edam

23
Cheese, Swiss

23
Cheese, Swiss, low sodium

22
Cheese with nuts

22
Cheese, Brick, with salami

22
Pepperoni

22
Cheese, Cheddar or American type, NS as to natural or processed

22
Cheese, natural

22
Whipped topping, nondairy

22
Whipped topping, nondairy, frozen

22
Cheese, Parmesan, dry grated

22
Shrimp scampi

22
Cookie, ladyfinger

22
Milk, dry, whole, not reconstituted

22
Livers, chicken, chopped, with eggs and onion (mixture)

22
Fresh corn custard, Puerto Rican style (Mazamorra, Mundo Nuevo)

21
Cheese, Limburger