Do eggs cause high cholesterol? This is what the research says

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Eggs contain lots of vitamins, minerals and protein, all of which are important nutrients the body needs. Eggs are also a food that contains cholesterol and as a part with disturbed cholesterol metabolism can feel good to avoid.

This is how eggs affect the body's cholesterol levels

Eating eggs has many benefits from a nutritional point of view as they contain a lot of protein and vitamins, mainly folate and vitamins A, E and D. Eggs are also a good source of iron and selenium, which among other things regulate the body's oxygen transport, energy production, thyroid health and immune system.

The vast majority of people can eat eggs without their cholesterol levels being negatively affected. However, in some people with disturbed cholesterol metabolism, eggs and other dietary intake with high cholesterol may need to be avoided. By measuring the cholesterol levels in the blood, you can see what the cholesterol value looks like. Both HDL-cholesterol the "good cholesterol" and LDL-cholesterol the "bad cholesterol" are good to measure in order to get a deeper insight into cholesterol values as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease.

An egg a day does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease

In a global study, supported by the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, which included 50 countries, the researchers in the Swedish part have followed 4,000 people aged 35-70 since 2005. The results have shown that egg consumption with one egg a day does not increases the risk of cardiovascular events or death, regardless of cardiovascular status.

A moderate consumption of around one egg a day is completely harmless, both for healthy people and for people who belong to the risk group for cardiovascular disease, according to research that the Heart-Lung Foundation also supported. The body has a built-in functionality that makes it produce less cholesterol when you eat eggs or other foods that contain cholesterol. The research has also shown that most of the body's cholesterol is formed by other parts of the diet.

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