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Can I still eat eggs if I have high cholesterol?

The consumption of eggs in the context of high cholesterol is a controversial topic that has evolved over the years. Recent research suggests that the relationship between dietary cholesterol, such as that found in eggs, and blood cholesterol levels is more nuanced than previously believed. Here are some key points highlighting both the positive and negative aspects:


  1. Nutrient-Rich: Eggs are a nutrient-dense food, providing high-quality protein, essential vitamins (such as B12 and riboflavin), minerals (like phosphorus and selenium), and healthy fats. They are also a source of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health.

  2. Protein Content: Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and consuming protein-rich foods can promote satiety and help with weight management, which can indirectly influence cholesterol levels.

  3. Moderate Cholesterol Content: While eggs do contain dietary cholesterol (around 186 milligrams per large egg, primarily in the yolk), more recent research suggests that dietary cholesterol has a smaller impact on blood cholesterol levels than previously thought, particularly when compared to other dietary factors.


  1. Saturated Fat and Dietary Patterns: The cholesterol content of eggs alone may not be a major concern for most people. However, the way eggs are prepared and consumed can be a factor. For example, cooking eggs in butter or consuming them as part of a high-saturated fat and low-fiber diet can contribute to elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

  2. Individual Variation: Responses to dietary cholesterol can vary among individuals. While some people may be more sensitive to dietary cholesterol and experience an increase in LDL cholesterol, others may not see a significant effect.

  3. Processed Foods: The overall dietary pattern is crucial. Research suggests that it is the combination of saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and high cholesterol in processed and unhealthy foods that can have a more significant impact on cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk. Therefore, focusing on a balanced diet is key.

Recent studies have emphasized that it's not eggs themselves but rather the dietary context in which they are consumed that matters most. A heart-healthy diet that includes eggs in moderation, along with a variety of nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, can be part of a cholesterol-friendly eating pattern.

In conclusion, individuals with high cholesterol should consider the broader dietary context and lifestyle factors, such as physical activity and overall diet quality, when making choices about egg consumption. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to create a personalized nutrition plan tailored to individual health needs and cholesterol management goals.


Fernandez ML, Murillo AG. Is There a Correlation between Dietary and Blood Cholesterol? Evidence from Epidemiological Data and Clinical Interventions. Nutrients. 2022 May 23;14(10):2168. doi: 10.3390/nu14102168. PMID: 35631308; PMCID: PMC9143438.

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