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The chicken (burger) or the egg (yolk)?
January 5, 2011

The question of dietary cholesterol intake is a pertinent one for patients at risk of a heart attack or stroke, but what exactly constitutes a high cholesterol food can be a matter of some confusion, as recent Canadian research has illustrated.

Researchers from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Robarts Research Institute, have found that egg yolk is worse than most fast food meals when it comes to cholesterol intake.

We wanted to put cholesterol into perspective, as there's been a widespread misconception developing among the Canadian public and even physicians, that consumption of dietary cholesterol and egg yolks is harmless' said Dr Spence, a professor and scientist at the Institute; Much of this has to do with effective egg marketing'.

The advised total cholesterol intake for patients at risk of cardiovascular disease is 200 mg. The average fast food meal contains as much as 150 mg of cholesterol, but, depending on size, egg yolk can contain 215 to 275 mg of cholesterol.

The authors conclude, There is no question that egg white is classed as a valuable source of high-quality protein. Egg yolks, however, are not something that should be eaten indiscriminately by adults without regard to their global cardiovascular risk, genetic predisposition to heart attacks and overall food habits.'

Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology

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