Are Eggs the Cholesterol Enemy Again?

March 15, 2019 — Eggs, a staple of the American diet, have been cast once again as a villain. It’s not specifically the eggs, but the cholesterol in eggs that seems to be the problem, according to a new study.

Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. Even the researchers who worked on the study aren’t happy about it.

“It’s sad news to everyone,” says study author Norrina Allen, PhD, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.

You might be forgiven for thinking of eggs as beyond reproach. In 2015, the experts who compile the U.S. Dietary Guidelines largely gave cholesterol a pass, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to support telling Americans to stick to a certain daily limit. WW (formerly Weight Watchers) tells its members to eat eggs with abandon, counting them as a free food in its diet plan. As Americans have embraced low-carb diets, many have turned to eggs as a reliable protein source. According to industry data, the average American will eat more eggs in 2019 than any time for the past 20 years.

But a new study of studies is once again advising caution with cholesterol, and specifically eggs, which are a rich source of the waxy fat. The average egg contains 200 milligrams — more cholesterol than is in most fast-food double cheeseburgers. Of course, cheeseburgers have many other dietary problems, including saturated fat and sodium.

Earlier versions of the dietary guidelines have advised Americans to keep their cholesterol under 300 milligrams daily.

Cardiologists say they realized that people are confused.

“The problem is that everybody is fixated on protein, and unfortunately Americans get a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal sources of protein,” says Leslie Cho, MD, director of the women’s cardiovascular center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

“Here’s what we want to tell our patients: We’re sorry it’s so confusing. One day you have this news. Another day you have that news. It’s horrible, and I totally sympathize,” says Cho.

Article source: https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20190315/are-eggs-the-cholesterol-enemy-again?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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