The sunny side of eggs

Eggs have a bad reputation because of their high cholesterol content: About 213 mg. in the yolk of a large egg. But in fact, they do not raise blood cholesterol in most people — and they may even be good for your heart in some ways. Here’s the latest on eggs.

Eggs And Cholesterol

You may be surprised to learn that dietary cholesterol, found in animal foods, raises blood cholesterol in only one-third of people. And, as shown in some egg studies, dietary cholesterol causes the body to produce HDL (“good”) cholesterol along with LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in these “hyper-responders,” thus helping offset potential adverse effects. Moreover, the LDL particles that form are larger in size — and larger LDL particles are thought to be less dangerous than small ones. In studies at the University of Connecticut, for example, eating three eggs a day for 30 days increased cholesterol in susceptible people, but their LDL particles were larger, and there was no change in the ratio between LDL and HDL, which suggests no major change in coronary risk.

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