Does chicken give me too much cholesterol?
Asked by bksinaz on Apr 10, 2009 in Health Conditions



I've been eating roasted chicken breast daily at dinner time to get my protein. However, Calorie Count shows that it is very high in cholesterol, even without the skin. If I eat one egg with whole wheat bread in the morning and chicken at night, that is almost 200% of the allowance for cholesterol. Fresh wild fish is price prohibitive to eat every day.  Is there something else I could be eating to get my protein?


Answer

All animal-based "meat group" foods have similar amounts of cholesterol.  Compare the cholesterol in 3-ounces of chicken breast, white fish, and lean beef. Most of the cholesterol in your diet comes from the egg you eat everyday. Instead of eating less chicken, trade the egg yolk for an egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters, or egg white without the yolk.  Dietary cholesterol is limited to 300 mg a day for healthy people. Saturated fat intake should be less than 10% of daily calories.  Read how to distinguish between high and low cholesterol foods from the Guide to Cholesterol at About.com.


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