Egg Diet Cholesterol Myth

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Have you shied away from an egg diet due to the cholesterol myth associated with it? I had, but I have seen the sunny side of eggs again.

The high cholesterol content of eggs [about 213 mg in a large yolk] has given it its bad repute, so much so that some health-conscious people who could not distance themselves from it, consume only the egg white and dispose of the yolk, as if it were a life-threatening toxin.

The paranoia of an egg diet and its cholesterol myth is now being unraveled as unfounded, as the results of recent studies would show. It was found out that dietary cholesterol found in animal foods, eggs included, affects only one-third of people. Both good and bad cholesterol are produced in the body, thus keeping the cholesterol balance and offsetting whatever probable adverse condition that may occur. The bottom line of this is that there is no major change in coronary risk as a result of consuming eggs. [High Blood Cholesterol Is Not The Cause Of Heart Disease]

While the American Heart Association recommends a daily limit of 300 mg of cholesterol consumption [200 mg if you have coronary risk factors], a lot of researchers endorse a 500 mg limit [still 200 mg with risk factors] daily for healthy people. Other countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia, don't set any limit due to lack of evidence on dietary cholesterol's role in raising blood cholesterol levels.

The most significant vindication for an egg diet are the myth-breaking results of studies showing that high blood cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. A 1999 Harvard study with 200,000 subjects found no link between egg consumption [up to one daily] and heart disease and stroke. Similarly, a Japanese study in 2006, involving 90,000 people, and a 2007 study by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, found no connection between frequent egg consumption and heart disease. Also in 2007, another study in The Medical Science Monitor concluded that the risk of coronary vascular diseases in healthy individuals is not increased by eating one or more eggs a day.

The sunny side of egg diets seems to be shining out again as a result of the recent findings. Eggs, packed with unsaturated fats and nutrients, including B vitamins, may even be beneficial to heart health. It's the way eggs are cooked, and the saturated fat in foods that normally comes with egg diets, like bacon, sausage, and cheese, that contribute to the rise in blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.

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