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Are eggs really that high in cholesterol or are they actually a healthy food?

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Are eggs really that high in cholesterol or are they actually a healthy food? The authors of an article published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology1 warn that the amount of cholesterol in one egg (a single large egg yolk contains approximately 275 milligrams) exceeds the maximum recommended daily amount. The amount is 200 milligrams for people at risk of cardiovascular disease but as the article says cutting down on cholesterol when you already have health problems might be too late.

The researchers also found that people who consumed as much as one egg a day had doubled the risk of developing diabetes compared to people consuming less that one egg a week.

1. Spence et al., 2010. Dietary cholesterol and egg yolks: not for patients at risk of vascular disease. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 26(9) e336-9.

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