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The Astounding Truth About Eggs and Cholesterol

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.

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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. I am so done with people telling me about eggs. I was never a big egg eater anyway. Some folks may wake up every day and eat eggs. But I rarely do that. However, when I do, I like my eggs over easy. Every once a while I may boil a couple of eggs, chop them up and sprinkle them over my salad. WITH THE YOLK!!

    LOL. My husband and I go back and forth over yolk versus no yolk. I’m not yelling at you. I’m yelling at him! To me, the yolk is the best part of the egg. Nutritional value or not. I love the taste. LOL.

    • I agree with you. We almost always eat the yolks. We like them hard-boiled, especially as deviled eggs or pickled eggs. I use a lot of eggs in my baking, we enjoy French Toast/Egg bread, mayonnaise, and I make homemade egg noodles. As you can imagine, we go through a lot of eggs. lol

      Thankfully, our four hens give us 2-4 eggs per day.

      It still amazes me that there are people who think that eggs aren’t good for them.

    • You’re very welcome. I still hear people saying that they love eggs but have to limit it to an egg only a couple times a month because of the cholesterol. Most are very happy when I explain about the study in the British Medical Journal. :))

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