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Are they good or
bad for my
cholesterol?
Are chicken eggs
good or bad?
Eggs
Thomas Behrenbeck, M.D., Ph.D.
When deciding whether to include eggs
in your diet, consider the recommended
daily limits on cholesterol in your food:
If you are healthy, it’s recommended
that you limit your dietary cholesterol
intake to less than 300 milligrams
(mg) a day.
If you have cardiovascular disease,
diabetes or a high low-density
lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) blood
cholesterol level, you should limit your
dietary cholesterol intake to less than
200 mg a day.
One large egg has about 213 mg of
cholesterol — all of which is found in
the yolk. Therefore, if you eat an egg on
a given day, it’s important to limit other
sources of cholesterol for the rest of that
day. Consider substituting servings of
vegetables for servings of meat, or avoid
high-fat dairy products for that day.
If you like eggs but don’t want the extra
cholesterol, use only the 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 (59 milliliters) cholesterol-free
egg substitute in place of one whole egg.
Chicken eggs
are high in
cholesterol, and
a diet high in
cholesterol can
contribute to
high
blood cholesterol
levels.
However,
how much the
cholesterol in
your diet
can
increase your blood
cholesterol varies
from person to
person.
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