For some time, people have been more aware of cholesterol. If too much cholesterol is consumed, we’re told, there will be a build-up of plaque, which clogs the arteries. Clogged arteries often result in heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Don’t stop eating egg yolks quite yet, though.
For over a decade, people have been told that they shouldn’t eat egg yolks because of the amount of cholesterol that they contain. The reasoning is understandable. One egg yolk contains about 60% of the recommended daily amount of cholesterol we should be consuming. That is a whopping 185 mg.
As it turns out, though, egg yolks aren’t even close to as bad for us as they’ve been made out to be. Five years ago, a compilation study of 17 other studies spanning 30 years was published in the British Journal of Medicine. The question was what effect the consumption of eggs, including the yolk, had on the incidence rate of heart disease or stroke.
The compilation study concluded that eating a whole egg a day “is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.”
Egg yolks contain a lot of substances a healthy diet needs, such as vitamin D, choline, biotin, folic acid, and lutein. They can also contain up to 200 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, which is an important antioxidant. This is all in one nice, neat package.
Could a person eat too many eggs? Of course, they could. Too much of anything isn’t necessarily good for us. The study specifically quoted “eating a whole egg a day”, so it could be surmised that eating a half dozen eggs a day could indeed cause issues. However, it is a great object lesson in the adage, “All things in moderation.”
Bottom line, it isn’t a bad thing to keep track of the amount of cholesterol you have in your diet, particularly the LDL or “bad” cholesterol. However, you’d be wise to continue eating eggs, including the egg yolks. They are an important part of a healthy and balanced diet. This is yet one more food that turns out to be a lot better for us than we’ve been led to believe.