Eggs: On or Off the Menu? ( Diabetes )

Eggs: On or Off the Menu? ( Diabetes )

Contrary to the widely held belief that cholesterol-rich eggs are bad for heart health, several studies have shown that for most people, dietary cholesterol has little effect on blood cholesterol.

A person’s response to dietary cholesterol is highly individual and genetically determined. About 20 percent of us have little or no response to dietary cholesterol, 50 percent show a small response, and the remaining 30 percent are responders, meaning that they are particularly sensitive to high-cholesterol foods. There is no easy test to determine who is cholesterol sensitive, so be cautious when using eggs and other cholesterol-rich foods.

An egg is an economical source of protein, providing 70 calories, less than 1 gram of carbohydrate, 4.5 grams of fat, and 1 gram of saturated fat. One egg contains vitamins, minerals, and about 215 mg of cholesterol. Don’t eliminate eggs from your diet. Use them wisely or follow the American Heart Association guideline: Eat no more than four a week

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