How do eggs affect my risk for high cholesterol?

Eating eggs regularly may increase your risk for high blood cholesterol. One egg with its yolk contains about 213 mg of cholesterol. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends limiting your cholesterol intake to no more than 200 mg per day. So if you eat two fried eggs or a three-egg omelet for breakfast, you are already well over your cholesterol limit for the day. Any other animal products you eat during the day simply add to this. For most people, it's okay to eat more than 200 mg of cholesterol per day once in a while. But it's not a good idea to do this several times a week.

How to Reduce Your Risk

Take these actions to have a healthier heart.

  • If you don't know your blood cholesterol level, have it tested.
  • Limit your cholesterol to less than 200 mg per day.
  • Eat no more than three egg yolks per week.
  • Use only the egg white, not the yolk in your cooking. Substitute two egg whites for every whole egg in recipes. Or, use egg substitutes or reduced-cholesterol egg products.

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