Are Eggs Bad for Cholesterol Levels?
July 25, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Are Eggs Bad for Cholesterol Levels?


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The age-old debate of whether or not eggs are beneficial to your health is still vigorously debated.  So, what is the answer? Let’s find out.


The dietary guidelines according to the Food and Drug Administration suggests consuming between 100 to 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol each day.  Cholesterol, an essential compound found in the blood, aids in the production of cells.  While cholesterol is necessary and beneficial at a normal level, it can lead to heart disease when elevated.  Heart disease includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, and stroke, to name a few.   Cholesterol is a sticky substance that adheres to blood vessel walls, and in large amounts, it narrows the blood vessels and increases the likelihood of a total blockage.  


One large egg has around 180 mg of cholesterol according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is around half of the recommended daily allowance.  However, eggs alone may not be the problem when it comes to high cholesterol, rather it may come from other items that are typically eaten with eggs.  For instance, bacon and sausage are common additions to egg breakfasts, and they are incredibly high in trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.  According to the Mayo Clinic, eggs do not pose a risk to heart disease, unless eaten in excess.  However, if you are still worried about your cholesterol intake or already have high cholesterol, substituting egg whites is an alternative because the egg yolk contains cholesterol. 


In conclusion, eggs are a healthy addition to your diet in moderation. Moderation seems to be the key in preventing high cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.  Order lab tests today to check your cholesterol level from Shifa4U.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.