Do Eggs Raise Cholesterol?

April 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

Happy Monday, friends! One more post on cholesterol and then we can move on.

I had mentioned that I would answer the question: Do eggs raise my cholesterol? I know we have been told for a long time not to eat too many egg yolks for fear of skyrocketing our cholesterol levels.

I’m here to DEBUNK that MYTH!

So, does dietary cholesterol raise your overall blood cholesterol? Yes…but only minimally. For most of us, eating egg yolks (one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol) will have a very slight affect on our blood cholesterol. So, quite honestly, I wouldn’t be so concerned. However, there are people who are very sensitive to dietary cholesterol (those with a genetic abnormality) and so in those cases, one would need to watch their cholesterol intake.

Please note that dietary cholesterol raises BOTH HDL (good) and LDL (lousy) cholesterol levels. So even though these levels will increase a bit, the ratio, which we learned was the most important indicator for healthy cholesterol levels, will not be impacted.

So, while this is not carte blanche to go out and eat a 5 yolk omlette every morning, don’t fret, my pets, when eating egg yolks. There are so many other things in our lives to get crazy over. This shouldn’t be one of them.


Entry filed under: nutrition.

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