• Anna Hardman

Eggs: friend or foe?

An egg a day is okay…?

Much of the confusion around eggs is that the egg yolk contains cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol:

1. Cholesterol that’s made by our body from eating foods which are high in saturated fat

2. Foods which contain cholesterol

Eggs are often a topic of conversation, in the past eggs have gained a bad reputation due to them containing a high amount of cholesterol with approximately 186mg per medium egg

Having cholesterol in our blood increases our risk of having heart disease, although eggs contain cholesterol it is the amount of saturated fat we eat has more of an effect on cholesterol than foods which contain cholesterol

Eggs are a nutritious inexpensive source of protein!

Water makes up the majority of an egg ( 76%) whilst fats account for 9.6% and 12.6% of the egg is believed to be protein. In one medium egg will provide around 78 calories, 5.3g of fat and 6.2g of protein

There is no recommended limit in the UK on the number of eggs we should eat. Eggs can be part of a healthy balanced diet and are good source of protein

The healthiest way to cook an egg is:

To poach or boil

Scramble in low fat milk

Try and avoid fried eggs

So in summary dietary cholesterol does not affect blood cholesterol , it’s foods which are high in saturated fat which have the greatest effect on cholesterol levels

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