How many eggs can we eat without raising cholesterol?

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How many eggs can we eat without raising cholesterol? The increase in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, for atherosclerosis, for hypertension and for obesity, since often foods rich in cholesterol are also high in saturated fats .


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How many eggs we can eat without increasing the cholesterol? The increase in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, for atherosclerosis, for hypertension and for obesity, since often foods rich in cholesterol are also high in saturated fats .

We already told you about the importance of keeping the levels of cholesterol and the role not to be underestimated that food choices can play from this point of view, with the help of our experts according to which, based on the recommendations of the WHO, the ideal cholesterol value per the correct functioning of our organism is of 130.

Part of cholesterol is produced by our body (endogenous cholesterol) and is partly introduced with food (exogenous cholesterol). It is important to base your diet on foods that do not raise cholesterol levels too high. Therefore, all products of animal origin should be limited, starting with red meat, while we can enrich our diet with vegetable foods that do not contain cholesterol, as it suggests il nutritionist Lorenzo Ferrante.

Il Ministry of Health has published online guidelines related to prevention of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. According to the Ministry of Health to prevent diseases we should rreduce the dietary intake of saturated fat and cholesterol.

The introduction of cholesterol with food should not exceed 300 mg per day as highlighted by the Ministry of Health. As for eggs, in a context of prevention of atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and cardiovascular diseases the Ministry of Health it does not indicate completely eliminating them from the diet but suggests periodic consumption.



The Ministry of Health reminds that egg yolk is high in cholesterol but low in saturated fatty acids, unlike other foods that are rich in both cholesterol and saturated fat, such as Red meat, on which the Ministry of Health suggest very moderate consumption to prevent both cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The Ministry of Health also reminds that dietary cholesterol (i.e. the cholesterol that we introduce with food) increases cholesterol levels albeit to a lesser extent than saturated fatty acids. In conclusion, the Ministry of Health indicates that the consumption of eggs and foods rich in saturated fat and cholesterol should be moderate.

Can we do without eggs?

Those who are allergic or intolerant to eggs, vegans and lacto-vegetarians do not consume this food, other people consume eggs only occasionally.

According to Scientific Society of Vegetarian Nutrition (SSNV), the egg is a small concentrate of cholesterol. In fact, it contains some 250 mg to 371 mg per 100 grams. According to the SSNV, the human body produces sufficient cholesterol for its needs and therefore it is not necessary to introduce this substance with food. So according to the SSNV you can do without eggs and products of animal origin, which all contain cholesterol, with the advantage of reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and chronic diseases. THU e Thu you can read some insights on the subject.

It is difficult to determine how many eggs can we eat, if we wish, and how often to keep cholesterol from rising too high. In fact, everything can depend on the amount of cholesterol that our body produces itself and on how we set up our diet, which could already be rich in cholesterol due to the consumption of other products of animal origin, such as meat and dairy products, beyond some eggs.



On the decision of introduce or eliminate the eggs from one's diet there are different opinions. According to the dietician Luca Piredda egg is not an excessively caloric food and those who follow a low-calorie diet and do not have high cholesterol can eat up to 4 eggs per week. Always in his opinion, however, who has high cholesterol and wants to lower it should avoid eggs or consume them in moderation, especially avoiding the yolk. According to Piredda, eggs are still a food not recommended for those suffering from high cholesterol.

Do you have high cholesterol but still want to eat eggs from time to time? In this case the suggestion is contact a nutritionist who can advise you on the best diet to follow to keep cholesterol under control.

What are the foods recommended and not recommended in case of high cholesterol? Watch our video with the interview with Dr. Irene Tornisello, specializing in nutrition biology.

Download Thu le guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

Marta Albè

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