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How much cholesterol do eggs have?

Sian Baker

Medically reviewed by Sian Baker, Dip ION mBANT mCNHC
on March 28, 2023. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Check My Body Health blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.

Eggs are a rich source of cholesterol, with an average large egg containing around 186 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol. This is more than 60% of the daily recommended intake of cholesterol, which is 300 milligrams per day. The cholesterol is found in the egg yolk, not the egg whites. So, if you’re watching your cholesterol intake, you may want to limit your consumption of egg yolks or opt for egg whites instead. However, it is also important to note that cholesterol in food does not have as much impact on blood cholesterol as previously thought, it is saturated and trans fats that have more impact on blood cholesterol. If you have any specific health condition or if you are at high risk of heart disease, please consult with a healthcare professional for specific recommendations.

Are eggs good for you?

Eggs can be a healthy part of a balanced diet. They are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Eggs are also relatively low in calories and contain no carbohydrates or sugar.

Eggs are an excellent source of choline, a nutrient that plays an important role in brain development and function. They also provide vitamin D, which is important for bone health and the immune system. They are also a good source of other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the yolks are high in cholesterol, so if you’re concerned about cholesterol, it’s best to limit your intake of egg yolks or choose cholesterol-free egg substitutes.

In general, eggs can be a healthy food choice as long as they are consumed in moderation and part of a balanced diet. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or a dietitian to understand how they fit in your diet plan.

Do eggs contain cholesterol?

Yes, eggs do contain cholesterol. Each large egg yolk contains about 186 mg of cholesterol, which is about 62% of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg per day. However, it’s important to note that dietary cholesterol does not necessarily have a significant impact on blood cholesterol levels for most people.

Saturated and trans fats are more likely to raise blood cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is recommended to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

What is high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is a condition in which there is an excessive amount of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in the fats (lipids) in the blood. It is used by the body for various functions, such as building cell walls and producing hormones. However, when there is too much cholesterol in the blood, it can build up in the walls of the arteries, causing them to narrow or become blocked. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol is often caused by a combination of genetic factors and lifestyle factors, such as a diet high in saturated fat and trans fat, lack of physical activity, and smoking.

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol typically does not have any symptoms. Many people do not know that they have high cholesterol until it is detected during a routine blood test.

However, if high cholesterol has advanced to the stage of a condition called hyperlipidemia, some symptoms may appear such as:

  • Fatty deposits (xanthomas) on the eyelids, tendons, or skin around the knees and elbows
  • Coronary artery disease symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or a heart attack
  • Stroke symptoms such as numbness or weakness on one side of the body, difficulty speaking, or vision changes.

It is important to note that these symptoms are not specific to high cholesterol and can be caused by other conditions, so it is essential to consult a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your cholesterol levels or if you are experiencing any symptoms.

It’s important to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly and to make lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol if it is high. This includes eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. Medications may also be prescribed by a healthcare professional if needed to control high cholesterol.

What are the worst foods for high cholesterol?

Certain foods can contribute to high cholesterol levels and should be limited in the diet:

  • Saturated fats: These are found in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, cream, ice cream, and fatty meats such as beef, pork, and lamb.
  • Trans fats: These are found in hydrogenated oils, which are often used in processed foods such as crackers, cookies, and fried foods.
  • Cholesterol-rich foods: These include organ meats such as liver and kidney, egg yolks, and shellfish such as shrimp and lobster.

It’s also important to limit your intake of added sugars and refined carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain and increase the risk of heart disease.

It’s important to note that eating foods high in cholesterol doesn’t always translate to high blood cholesterol. The body can produce more cholesterol when saturated and trans fats are consumed. Therefore, it is important to limit saturated and trans fats in the diet rather than just avoiding cholesterol-rich foods.

It’s always recommended to consult a healthcare professional or a dietitian to help tailor a diet plan that suits your individual needs and help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level.