Eggs Contain Less Cholesterol Than Before, Experts Explain

Most egg nutrients are found in the yolk

Eating an egg a day was once believed to cause high dietary cholesterol. But, recent research has showed that the eggs today do not produce as much cholesterol as they were years ago. A large egg that had approximately 215 milligrams of cholesterol is now down to 185 milligrams.

The changes to the hen’s diet and the way they are bred were the first thing that was considered causes for the decrease, but some other factors that are still not clear.

The government now recommends that people should eat less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol as a total for a single day’s consumption. Adding that having less than 200 milligrams of cholesterol each day can help people to lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The 300 milligram dietary cholesterol intake per day can be achieved with a single egg and other cholesterol rich foods like an ounce of cheese or three ounces of fish.

A single egg can provide 7 percent of the total 600 IUs recommended of the daily intake of vitamin A.

Additionally, experts recommend to not avoid eating the egg yolks as most of the egg’s vitamins, minerals, and proteins come from the yolk.