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Are eggs good or bad for my cholesterol?

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Claude Butler

Curejoy Expert Claude C Butler Explains:

The answer to this is that Chicken eggs do raise cholesterol levels but its impact on heart health is fairly misunderstood.

It is true that a single medium sized egg contains 186 mg (62% of the recommended daily intake) of cholesterol, all of which is found in the yolk. The whites are free of cholesterol and rich in protein. Most experts have recommended that for a healthy individual, ideally a single egg should do no harm if he manages to keep the rest of the cholesterol intake in check. For people with heart disease and diabetes the dietary limit of 200 mg is a bit tough to meet.

Having said this, the real story of how our body reacts to cholesterol in the diet is fairly intriguing and alters our perception about cholesterol the “villain”. While it is true that higher cholesterol levels in the blood are detrimental to heart health, the truth is that cholesterol is super critical element for a healthy body. It is a structural molecule that is an essential part of every single cell membrane and an essential element in making steroid hormones like testosterone, estrogen and cortisol.

Not relying on diet to provide cholesterol, the liver is programmed to produce cholesterol needed for vital processes, on its own. If you introduce cholesterol rich food into the body, the liver correspondingly lowers the production, ensuring healthy levels are maintained. So even with a cholesterol loaded diet, your cholesterol levels remain fairly stable.

Studies have shown that eggs increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels, reduce triglyceride levels (Omega-3 enriched eggs) and maintain (sometimes slightly increase) LDL levels. Additionally it provides vital protein, vitamins- B12 and D, riboflavin, folate, antioxidants-Lutein and Zeaxanthine, and Choline, a brain nutrient.

Studies show that eggs change the LDL particles from small, dense LDL to Large LDL which actually lowers the risk of heart disease. So even if eggs cause mild increases in Total and LDL cholesterol levels, this is not a cause for concern.

The science is clear that up to 3 whole eggs per day are perfectly safe for healthy people who are trying to stay healthy. But diabetics who eat eggs are at an increased risk of heart disease.

Note: Not all eggs are the same. Most eggs at the supermarket are from chickens that are raised in factories and fed grain-based feeds. The healthiest eggs are Omega-3 enriched eggs, or eggs from hens that are raised on pasture. These eggs are much higher in Omega-3s and important fat-soluble vitamins.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Megha Vernekar
Megha Vernekar 5pts

Cardiologists always suggest to prevent egg yolks, what more do you want ...

Geraldine Fennelly
Geraldine Fennelly 5pts

There is nothing wrong with eating organic eggs ye only put fear into people

Pathik Maharaja
Pathik Maharaja 5pts

West consider eggs as vegetarian food...i will laugh my whole life on those stupids)))

Kasyapa Dasa
Kasyapa Dasa 5pts

Bad for that and your karma... Cause of Leucocytosis found in eggs...education

Anju Shroff
Anju Shroff 5pts

Egg is nonveg, it is not good for our health

Wena M. Obias
Wena M. Obias 5pts

As long as u didnt eat the egg yolk no problem...

Jude Hunter
Jude Hunter 5pts

Interesting, I've just re added eggs ..

Meeba Renny
Meeba Renny 5pts

Egg white is OK but not yellow for sure

Liam Muttock
Liam Muttock 5pts

Shame, I thought this was about non-violence... One of the reasons why I love Ayurveda so much. All the books I have read have recommended vegetarian diets, and I'm sure there are many many ancient quotes recommending it too?

Liam Muttock
Liam Muttock 5pts

According to the Vedic scriptures, a true vegetarian would not eat meat, fish or eggs?

Liam Muttock
Liam Muttock 5pts

I thought Ayurveda didn't recommend eggs?