Eggs and Cholesterol, Is it all bad?

is the cholesterol in eggs all that bad, whats the truth


  • Dark )o( Divine

    Eggs are high in cholesterol, and a diet high in cholesterol can contribute to elevated blood cholesterol levels. However, the extent to which dietary cholesterol raises blood cholesterol levels isn’t clear. Many scientists believe that saturated fats and trans fats have a greater impact than does dietary cholesterol in raising blood cholesterol.

    Adding to the confusion, the American Heart Association recently acknowledged that as long as you limit dietary cholesterol from other sources, it may be possible to include a daily egg in a healthy diet — a statement that was heavily reported in the media.

    Here are the facts: One large egg has about 213 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol — all of which is found in the yolk. If you are healthy, it’s recommended that you limit your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg a day. If you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes or high LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, you should limit your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg a day. Therefore, if you eat an egg on a given day, it’s important to limit or avoid other sources of cholesterol for the rest of that day.

    In general it’s best to stay as far away from bad cholesterol as you can by whatever age or health range you’re in.

    If you like eggs but don’t want the extra cholesterol, use egg whites. Egg whites contain no cholesterol. You may also use cholesterol-free egg substitutes, which are made with egg whites. If you want to reduce cholesterol in a recipe that calls for eggs, use two egg whites or 1/4 cup cholesterol-free egg substitute in place of one whole egg.

  • Answerbot

    It’s recommended you limit your egg intake. However there are some studies that state that dietary cholesterol won’t drastically effect the total cholesterol in your bloodstream.

    If you’re worried then just cut out the yolks.

  • celibate4life

    There’s alot of cholesterol in eggs, but the human body doesn’t take all of it in.

    Don’t throw away the yolks because that’s mainly where all the eggs’ vitamins and minerals are.

    Eating 2 – 3 eggs everyday is fine if you exercise. =]

  • Dr R Scott

    Like all thing in life, everything should be taken in moderation. That’s what I advise my patients.

    Eggs yolks are rich in cholesterol. But 80% of the cholesterol in the body is produced by the liver. Only 20% of it comes from the diet. So, an egg a day is unlikely to make a significant difference in a person’s cholesterol level. Just don’t overdo it with the eggs & more than that everyday.

    Instead, focus om avoiding too much meat & dairy products. These tend to stimulate the liver to produce more "bad" cholesterol. Eat more greens & wholegrain cereals. Exercise more.

    This is the official advce from the American Heart Association.

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