Have Eggs Unfairly Gotten a Bad Rap?

14 02 2011

Decades ago researchers found that the cholesterol we eat really has no effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of most people. Yet, you will still hear people say that we should limit how many eggs we eat because of the level of cholesterol in them. Even if you are closely watching the amount of cholesterol you eat, one large egg only has 185mg of cholesterol. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that people should eat less than 300mg of cholesterol daily. The two main nutrients that impact blood levels of cholesterol are Saturated and Trans Fat. It’s recommended that we eat less than 2 grams of trans fat and less than 10% of our calories from saturated fat daily. For most people, this averages to be less than 18 grams of saturated fat daily. The good news is one large egg only has 1.8 grams of saturated fat.

Bottom Line: You can safely enjoy an egg a day without worrying about your cholesterol.

© Randy Bird, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS and Randy Bird Sports Nutrition, 2011.

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