Magazine article Work & Family Life

Avoiding Eggs Because They're High in Cholesterol?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Avoiding Eggs Because They're High in Cholesterol?

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If so, you may want to rethink your decision. A new USDA report shows that today's eggs contain less cholesterol and more vitamin D than previously thought.

The findings are based on a random sampling of large eggs from 12 locations around the country. The USDA found that one large egg, on average, contains 185 milligrams of cholesterol, which is 14% less than in a 2002 study. An egg also contains 41 International Units (IU) of vitamin D, a 64% increase from previous measures.

"Eggs are considered a nutrient-dense food because, in a small package, they contain several key nutrients/' says Amy Taylor, a clinical dietitian with New York's Weill Cornell Medical Center. In addition to vitamin D, eggs contain phosphorous, vitamin B12, riboflavin, selenium and the antioxidant lutein.

Of course, many people turn to eggs as a source of protein, which is the building block of all our cells. …

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