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Eating Eggs and Cholesterol Level Myth

Published 2010-02-12 12:15:15 - (10 years ago). Last updated 2019-01-15 10:15:04 - (One year ago).

Author: American Egg Board - Contact :

Outline: Eating an egg or two a day can fall within current blood cholesterol guidelines - dietitian dispels myths surrounding eggs and blood cholesterol levels.

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Cracking cholesterol confusion during American Heart Month - Registered dietitian Keith Ayoob dispels myths surrounding eggs and blood cholesterol levels...

February is American Heart Month, which means it's time to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in America.

When it comes to diet, mixed messages about dietary cholesterol can be confusing for many Americans, especially when it comes to eating eggs. But egg lovers still have a reason to celebrate during American Heart Month - and all year long - because more than 30 years of research shows healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.(i)

Cholesterol and Eggs Myth

The myth about the link between eating eggs and their effect on blood cholesterol has been a hard shell to crack and a topic registered dietitian Keith Ayoob, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the director of the Nutrition Clinic at the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, often addresses with his clients. When it comes to assessing the risk of heart disease, the ratio of "bad" LDL-cholesterol to "good" HDL-cholesterol is one of the best known and proven indicators.

"It's important that we clear up all the confusion that surrounds what people should or shouldn't eat to reduce their risk of heart disease," says Ayoob. "Egg consumption does not significantly impact the LDL:HDL ratio, so enjoying an egg or two a day can fall within current cholesterol guidelines, particularly if you eat lower-cholesterol, nutrient-rich foods throughout the rest of the day, like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy."

Boiled egg sliced in 2 heart shaped halves on top of bread beside salt and pepper shakers on a wooden tray.
Boiled egg sliced in 2 heart shaped halves on top of bread beside salt and pepper shakers on a wooden tray.

More Reasons to Love Eggs

Along with being affordable - only 15 cents apiece (ii) - Ayoob offers the following benefits of adding eggs to your diet:

Jump-start your breakfast routine during American Heart Month and save time in the morning and all year long with these quick and easy suggestions from Ayoob:

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