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Myth: Avoid eating eggs because they’re too high in cholesterol and bad for your heart

TRUTH: Yes, eggs contain (relatively) large amounts of cholesterol.  There are about 200 mg of cholesterol in one egg yolk.  The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 300 mg of cholesterol daily.  But 200 mg of cholesterol isn’t going to turn into 200 mg of cholesterol in your blood stream.

This myth came about when dietary cholesterol was thought to be one of the worst forms of dietary fat out there.  Now, we know that’s not the case –consuming dietary cholesterol does not directly affect blood cholesterol AND we now know that saturated fat and trans fat have more negative health effects.  Even more interesting: in the last 10 years, the average amount of cholesterol in an egg has gone down by 12%!  As we learn more about what’s good to feed the flocks and herds, we’ll yield healthier products.

What you don’t hear about eggs is that they also have unsaturated fats (good fats) and nutrients like choline (which helps preserve memory as we age).  They also contain 6 grams of high quality protein per egg.

BOTTOM LINE: Eggs are great sources of several nutrients and are part of a healthy diet.  Enjoy them!  If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, have one yolk with one or two whites rather than taking eggs off your menu completely.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  1. The Incredible Egg - Keep in mind, their goal is to promote eggs – however, that doesn’t make the info that they provide inaccurate or false:  American Egg Board
  2. Mayo Clinic: Eggs: Are they good or bad for my cholesterol?

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