It looks like eggs may not be the cholesterol demons they've been made out to be. A recent Harvard study published Jan. 7, 2013, in BMJ finds that eating one egg a day is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. One egg contains 210 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol on average, which is high. The American Heart Association recommends limiting cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg/day, since low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) is linked to heart disease and stroke. As a result, doctors have warned people with high cholesterol to avoid eggs. But researchers say the effects of dietary cholesterol on blood cholesterol levels are small. In fact, eating foods rich in saturated fats is more likely to raise blood cholesterol levels than eating foods rich in cholesterol. They also point out that eggs are a source of many nutrients and also unsaturated fats, which lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The findings may not apply to everyone, however. Researchers discovered that people with diabetes may increase their risk of heart disease by eating one egg a day. There was no association between egg consumption and stroke among diabetics. No matter what your health condition, talk to your doctor before adding eggs back into your daily diet.
News Briefs: Harvard study says yes to eggs
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