They’re high in cholesterol, but do they REDUCE your cholesterol?
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1) A typical large egg can contain approximately 186 milligrams of cholesterol, and that’s all contained within the yolk. Egg whites do not supply any cholesterol. To put this amount into perspective, an ounce of cheddar cheese has 30 milligrams of cholesterol, and a 3 and a half ounce serving of juicy sirloin beef contains just 94 milligrams of cholesterol.
2) The average person can eat up to 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day, or up to 200 milligrams of cholesterol for those with a risk of heart disease. So eating one egg, on its own, won’t overload your system with cholesterol, unless you eat that egg with other high-cholesterol foods.
3) Some studies have shown that U.S. adults who eat eggs often have higher LDL cholesterol levels and a more severe risk of cardiovascular disease than those who eat less eggs. Other research suggests that eating more eggs and consuming high amounts of cholesterol, in general, can also increase the risk of cancer and death.
4) Many studies show that eggs have ZERO impact on cholesterol levels. A recent study compared non-egg eaters with regular consumers of egg… and researchers found no significant effect regarding changes in participants’ cholesterol levels. And a separate observational study noted that individuals with diabetes who ate 6 to 12 eggs per week did NOT experience any negative effects on their total cholesterol levels or heart disease risk factors. Instead, this study showed that diabetic participants who regularly consumed eggs had increased levels of heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.
5) Eggs supply beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, including powerful OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS. These types of fat have been shown to improve total cholesterol levels by supplying HDL cholesterol. HIGH DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN, or HDL cholesterol, actually works to flush LOW DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN, or LDL cholesterol, from your system. And it’s that LDL cholesterol which is associated with heart disease and arterial plaque.