Eggs and Cholesterol – How Many Eggs Can You Safely Eat?
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Just imagine… a whole egg contains all the nutrients needed to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken. However, eggs have gotten a bad reputation because the yolks are high in cholesterol. In fact, a single medium sized egg contains 186 mg of cholesterol, which is 62% of the recommended daily intake.
People believed that if you ate cholesterol, that it would raise cholesterol in the blood and contribute to heart disease.
But it turns out that it isn’t that simple. The more you eat of cholesterol, the less your body produces instead.
Let me explain how that works…
How Your Body Regulates Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is often seen as a negative word.
When we hear it, we automatically start thinking of medication, heart attacks and early death.
But the truth is that cholesterol is a very important part of the body. It is a structural molecule that is an essential part of every single cell membrane.
It is also used to make steroid hormones like testosterone, estrogen and cortisol.
Without cholesterol, we wouldn’t even exist.
Given how incredibly important cholesterol is, the body has evolved elaborate ways to ensure that we always have enough of it available.
Because getting cholesterol from the diet isn’t always an option, the liver actually produces cholesterol.
But when we eat a lot of cholesterol rich foods, the liver starts producing less .
So the total amount of cholesterol in the body changes only very little (if at all), it is just coming from the diet instead of from the liver.
Bottom Line: The liver produces large amounts of cholesterol. When we eat a lot of eggs (high in cholesterol), the liver produces less instead.