It depends on who you ask. Based on what I read from mainstream medical websites, unless you are just going crazy eating eggs, they're fine. Personally, I love eggs. Even most egg yolk haters will eat the egg whites.
From The Mayo Clinic: "If you eat an egg on a given day, it may be a good idea to limit or avoid other sources of cholesterol for the rest of that day." Source link here
P.S. There's all kinds of people willing to tell you their personal theory of what's good and what's bad. Don't believe everything you read.
Original Post by mollydominick:
Based on the nutrionist that I meet with, eggs should be limited to 6 per week for women and 9 per week for men to avoid cholesteral problems. However, if you're not eating the yolk, have at it.
That sounds reasonable and consistent with what I read and hear from physicians. As for me, as much as I like eggs, I'm eating fewer than 9 per week.
Cholesterol is mostly genetic.
There are people who eat a dozen eggs a day and have lower cholesterol than people who never touch eggs.
Personally I probably wouldn't eat more than 4 a day, but only because I get tired of eating them.
Here's a few links:
And here's a study which showed that most cholesterol from eggs wasn't absorbed by the body: http://www.unisci.com/stories/20014/1029013.h tm
Basically, 75% of your blood cholesterol is made by your liver. And genetics play a role in how your liver deals with cholesterol. So essentially, only 25% of your blood cholesterol is controlled by food intake. People without a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol could potentially eat several times as much dietary cholesterol as they should each day, and still have relatively low blood cholesterol.
Original Post by dm84: Here's a few links:
Thanks for the links. I think I'm going to stick with my original opinion which is that eggs are fine within reason, but I didn't see anything that makes me think I can eat all the egg yolks I might want.
The emedicine.com article says this: "Several drugs and diseases can bring about high cholesterol, but, for most people, a high-fat diet and inherited risk factors may be the main causes." It also lists ways to control cholesterol which I take to mean we shouldn't just rely on hereditary factors alone.
* Risk factors you can control
o High blood cholesterol (high total cholesterol and high LDL [bad] cholesterol)
o Low HDL (good) cholesterol So it says heredity is a main cause, but also includes a high-fat diet as a cause.
The American Heart link points to an article about cholesterol, but I can't find that it says anything about eggs.
Elsewhere on the same website, American Heart Association says:
"Eggs are high in cholesterol. One egg yolk contains about 213 milligrams of cholesterol. Egg whites don't contain cholesterol and are good protein sources, so they're fine. In fact, you can substitute two egg whites for each egg yolk in many recipes that call for eggs. Be sure to eat only cooked — not raw — eggs and egg whites.
The unisci.com article does indeed say that eggs don't contribute much cholesterol to the diet, but it's an article about a single study. Even that article counsels moderation.
Quote: "Koo says people with normal cholesterol levels and no family history of cardiovascular disease should not worry about eating one to two eggs a day. There's more overall nutritional benefit than harm to be gained from eating "nutrient-dense" eggs -- in moderation, he said."
Time for the doctor to put his two cents in.
The RDA for cholesterol is, overall, a good way to decide how much you can eat. For some people, however, their genetics does allow them to build up more in the way of cholesterol plaques in the blood vessels. For them, lower cholesterol intake and medications may be needed. Overall, moderation really is the key.
Personally, if I want to have more than a 1 egg omlette, I usually use one egg, and two eggs worth of egg beaters