Frequently asked questions

Some FAQs about coffee and cholesterol may include:

Can I drink coffee if I have high cholesterol?

A person with high cholesterol can continue drinking coffee. However, they may wish to consider a different brewing method and consume a coffee that contains less diterpenes. It may also be worth discussing options with a doctor or dietitian.

Does quitting coffee lower cholesterol?

While coffee can increase cholesterol levels, quitting it is unlikely to significantly lower cholesterol levels. Instead, a person can consider consuming less saturated fat, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol intake.

How much coffee is too much for high cholesterol?

This will depend on many factors, such as the type of coffee and the rest of a person’s dietary pattern. In general, people can safely consume around 4 cups of coffee a day. More than this is likely too much.

Will coffee mess up a cholesterol test?

Drinking a cup of coffee before a cholesterol test should not significantly affect the test results. However, it is best to follow a doctor’s orders. If they advise fasting before a cholesterol test, then the person should fast and not consume coffee before the test.


The relationship between coffee and cholesterol may depend on how a person brews the beverage. Some research also indicates that coffee may affect a person’s cholesterol differently depending on their sex. Paper filters may help minimize the amount of natural oils in coffee and result in a coffee drink with a lesser effect on cholesterol.

People who have high cholesterol may wish to choose filtered coffee more often than unfiltered coffee. When the brewing method does not involve a paper filter, more of the cholesterol-raising oils end up in the coffee.

A person should speak with a healthcare professional if they are concerned about their cholesterol levels.