Eating Too Many Eggs?

Cholesterol consumption in your food can change your blood cholesterol level. The general recommendation is to eat only 300 mg of cholesterol per day.

An egg is about 180-200 mg of cholesterol.

Too much cholesterol can cause blockages in the arteries and lead to a compromise of oxygenation to the tissues.

Egg consumption has been linked to high rates of heart disease in some studies, not in all of them, however. The studies look at just egg consumption and don’t calculate in eggs that might be in other food such as bread or cake.

Small amounts of egg consumption, like a 1/2 an egg a day have lower rates of heart disease than consuming several eggs per day.

There is only one way to know if you are consuming too many eggs in your diet: that’s to do a cholesterol challenge. Stop eating eggs for a month, then test cholesterol, then eat what you want of eggs, and retest your cholesterol.

Cholesterol tests are inexpensive and accurate. If you have more curiosity there are advanced lipid tests we can do.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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