Limiting Your Cholesterol (Heart Health)
Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Eating foods high in saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol levels. The higher your blood cholesterol, the greater your risk for heart disease. Too much cholesterol can lead to clogged arteries. You are then at risk for having a heart attack, a stroke, or poor circulation.
If you don’t have high blood cholesterol, try to eat no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day. People who have high blood cholesterol or a heart problem may need to eat less. Your doctor can help you determine how much less. The yolk of one large egg provides about 214 milligrams of cholesterol. Aim for no more than four egg yolks each week. This includes egg yolks in baked goods and processed foods. Egg whites contain no cholesterol.