USDA: Eggs Actually Aren't Cholesterol Bombs

Oh, and they're high in vitamin D, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2011 6:46 AM CST
USDA: Eggs Actually Lower in Cholesterol, Higher in Vitamin D, Than Previously Thought
Go ahead, eat a couple of these.   (©Editor B)

The USDA backtracked yesterday on that whole "eggs can be bad for you" thing: Turns out eggs are actually lower in cholesterol and higher in vitamin D than previously thought. Specifically, 14% lower in cholesterol and 64% higher in vitamin D, the department announced in a press release. One large egg averages 185mg of cholesterol, which means that you can eat at least one a day without exceeding the recommended daily limit of 300mg.

Researchers believe the decrease in cholesterol could be due to improvements in hens’ feed. After all, “we are what we eat, and so are chickens ... and their eggs,” writes Dr. David Katz on the Huffington Post. He notes that other studies have also shown eggs don’t contribute to blood cholesterol levels in a meaningful way; one study his own lab performed showed that even adults with high cholesterol suffered no ill effects from eating two eggs daily.
(More egg stories.)

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