I was recently advised (again) to avoid foods with cholesterol because I have too much in my blood, but many of the foods I love to eat contain cholesterol. : There are many factors in the connection between dietary cholesterol and that found in a blood test. In the average individual consuming a balanced diet, the effect of dietary cholesterol on the blood level appears to be of secondary importance. And if there were absolutely no cholesterol in our diet, the body would make all it needed on its own. When we eat and live well, the importance of dietary cholesterol shrinks dramatically.