According to the USDA, after a re-evaluation, one large egg now contains 185 mg of cholesterol, down from 215 mg. That’s a 14 percent reduction (How did that happen?). Healthy people can have up to 300 mg daily. Yippee!
The Mayo Clinic says:
- If you are healthy, it’s recommended that you limit your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams (mg) a day.
- If you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes or a high low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) blood cholesterol level, you should limit your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg a day.
Eggs have turned over a new leaf. Don’t ask me how it happened, but this is the latest scoop on those poachable little devils. They now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, which is an increase of 64 percent from 2002. Don’t you just love how they mess with us?
Few foods are a naturally good source of vitamin D, but eggs are one of them. One egg provides at least 10 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial to the absorption of calcium, and we all know calcium is crucial to strong bones. See how that works?
One large egg has 6 grams of protein. That’s 12 percent of the Recommended Daily Value, and besides that, the protein in eggs is one of the highest quality proteins found in any food. Not bad, huh? And listen to this! You get all this bang for your hard earned buck for only seventy itty-bitty calories. 70 calories, people!
What more do you want?
Okay, so you say you want eggs to give you ENORMOUS health benefits AND to be affordable. Well, isn’t someone just a teensy bit hard to please? Here we go… this is just for you sticklers.
Eggs can be helpful in weight management (protein sticks to the ribs and reduces hunger), improve muscle strength, contribute to healthy pregnancy, brain function (I need that one), eye health and more and all this for less than 15 cents a piece. 15 cents! Tell me. Where else can you find that much goodness all wrapped up in a neat and tastefully fashionable little shell of Navajo white, ecru, Nantucket beige, Shenandoah Taupe, speckled pup brown, or desert tan.
Hope this cracked the myth for you. Enjoy that golden orb with gusto.