• Virginie, Naturopath

Eggs and cholesterol

Eggs for breakfast?? Yes, please!! And why not, eggs are one of the most nutritious food! But what happen if you have elevated cholesterol? Should you limit their consumption? After all, yolks are high in cholesterol!

Let’s start by stating that cholesterol is very useful and has a lot of functions. The cells in your body need cholesterol for their membrane. Cholesterol is also used to make steroid hormones like testosterone, oestrogen and cortisol for example. In a nutshell: you want cholesterol in your body.

However cholesterol is not that simple because the more you eat, the less your body produces! Indeed if you eat a lot of cholesterol-rich food, your liver starts producing less in order to keep cholesterol levels from becoming excessively high. Therefore the total amount of cholesterol in your body changes very little, if at all! What changes is its source: your diet or your liver!

What does that mean for you though? For healthy people the science is clear: up to 3 whole eggs per day are perfectly safe.

For people who already have high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, eating up to 7 eggs per week with a healthy diet is perfectly fine. When I say healthy, I mean no bacon (sorry, your bacon is more likely to raise your cholesterol levels than your eggs). The reason why people with type 2 diabetes should limit their eggs consumption this way is that research suggests that people who have type 2 diabetes and eat a lot of eggs have an increased risk of heart disease.

I guess the end message is this one: whatever your health and cholesterol levels, eggs have a place in a healthy diet! Don’t be afraid to enjoy them!

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