Eggs No Longer a Health Risk Says Federal Advisory Committee

For over 50 years, consumers have been advised to limit eggs in their diet to two per day at most, because eggs contain significant amounts of dietary cholesterol. In recent years, the foundation for this advice has eroded as medical opinion has increasingly affirmed that cholesterol in one’s diet is not related to the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood.

In February of this year a formal report from the Federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, joint initiative of the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) , advised the agencies that it no longer recommends a limit on dietary cholesterol; its prior recommendation had been a 300 milligrams per day limit, about the amount of cholesterol found in two eggs. The committee “reviewed numerous studies that showed no correlation between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol present in the blood, and determined that cholesterol was not “a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

This means that eggs may be safely consumed in any reasonable amount and frequency, just like any other healthy food, so feel free to buy and enjoy eggs without worrying about cholesterol.

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