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Egg Myth Debunked: Do Eggs Cause High Cholesterol?

Posted on October 22, 2011 by George Gavris, Good Food Made Simple

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Good Food Made Simple is here to unscramble the most common egg myth out there: do eggs raise your cholesterol level?

According to a research from the University of Surrey, “there is no link between eggs and high cholesterol.” In fact eggs are a highly recommended healthy breakfast food. It is a nutrient-dense food, with an invaluable source of protein, such a high quality that scientists frequently use it as the gold standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods. [1]

Often there is some kernel of truth to every myth, so why have so many Americans shied away from this healthy breakfast choice? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shared that eggs have been found to be 14% lower in cholesterol than previously recorded studies. The average amount of cholesterol in a large egg is 185mg. Experts are not denying that this is a substantial amount of cholesterol, however it has been proven that adults can eat eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. In fact, only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood stream. Instead, watch out for foods high in saturated and trans fats; these have a much larger effect on blood cholesterol levels.

Let’s take a look at egg nutrition facts: 6 grams of protein will keep you full and energized. Thirteen essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants boost energy levels. This all at a very low calorie count – only 70 calories! [2] So crack open an egg and enjoy. And for those of you looking for a healthy breakfast on the go try Good Food Made Simple All Natural Egg Patties. It’s the real deal – 100% egg, in 3 minutes, without the clean up.

References

[1] Byrne, Katie. “10 Health Myths Debunked.” Evening Herald Newspaper | Ireland’s Evening News Paper | Dublin & National News – Herald.ie. Evening Herald Newspaper, 1 Aug. 2011. Web. 24 Aug. 2011. .

[2] “Egg Nutrition and Heart Disease: Eggs aren’t the dietary demons they’re cracked up to be” Harvard Health Publications, 2006, Harvard Medical, 24 Aug. 2011 http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/egg-nutrition www.incredibleegg.org

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