6/25/2016 7:49:41 AM
Eggs: They’re just one of those foods. Seems like every other week there’s an egg controversy.
Are they good for you, bad for you, or somewhere in between?
A large egg contains about 185 mg of cholesterol. And since the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a limit of 300 mg per day, eat two eggs and you’ve exceeded that limit.
According to John Berardi, PhDA Founder, Precision Nutrition, www.precisionnutrition.com. There happens to be a problem with the AHA’s recommendation. It assumes that when you eat more cholesterol (from eggs and other animal foods), your blood cholesterol increases. BUT your body doesn't work that way. (There’s only one possible exception here: diabetics and the 0.2 percent of the population with familial hypercholesterolemia. More research has to be done to confirm this.)
Your body makes cholesterol. Lots of it, in fact. Every single day you produce between 1 and 2 grams of it on your own. (That’s 5-10 times the cholesterol in a large egg.) Cholesterol happens to be one of the most important nutrients in your body. It’s in every cell membrane (outer layer). It’s a requirement for growth (in infants and adults). And it’s required for the production of many hormones.
The interesting twist? When you eat more cholesterol from foods like eggs, your body produces less of it. And when you eat less cholesterol from foods like eggs, your body produces more.
That’s because you have a cholesterol “set point.” Think of it like a thermostat that’s largely determined by your genetics, exercise habits, and stress. Funny enough, diet plays a surprisingly small role.
Bottom line: — for most people — eggs won’t increase blood cholesterol or the risk of heart or artery disease.