2. High in Cholesterol, but Don’t Adversely Affect Blood Cholesterol
It is true that eggs are high in cholesterol.
In fact, a single egg contains 212 mg, which is over half of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood.
The liver actually produces large amounts of cholesterol every single day. When you increase your intake of dietary cholesterol, your liver simply produces less cholesterol to even it out.
Nevertheless, the response to eating eggs varies between individuals:
- In 70% of people, eggs don’t raise cholesterol at all
- In the other 30% (termed “hyper responders”), eggs can mildly raise total and LDL cholesterol
However, people with genetic disorders like familial hypercholesterolemia or a gene variant called ApoE4 may want to limit or avoid eggs.
SUMMARY Eggs are high in cholesterol, but eating eggs does not adversely affect cholesterol in the blood for the majority of people.