If you’re worried about high cholesterol you’ve probably been warned to avoid eggs, but are eggs bad for your cholesterol?

One egg contains approximately 200 mg of cholesterol, which means that it’s considered a high cholesterol food.

Does this mean that you can’t enjoy the odd omelette?

While many studies about eating eggs and the link to stroke risk have been contradictory, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland found that eating one egg per day is not associated with an elevated risk of stroke.

What if you are genetically predisposed to high cholesterol?

For most people, dietary cholesterol plays a very small role in affecting their serum cholesterol levels. However, in carriers of the apolipoprotein E phenotype 4 – which significantly impacts cholesterol metabolism -, the effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol levels is greater.

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In Finland, the prevalence of APOE4, which is a hereditary variant, is exceptionally high, with approximately one-third of the population presenting as carriers. Yet, research data on the association between a high intake of dietary cholesterol and the risk of stroke in this population group has not been available until now.

In the latest study, the dietary habits of 1 950 men aged between 42 and 60 years were assessed. APOE phenotype data were available for 1 015 of the men participating in the study. Of those, 32% were known carriers of APOE4.

During a follow-up of 21 years, 217 men were diagnosed with a stroke.

The study found that neither dietary cholesterol nor egg consumption was associated with the risk of stroke – not even in carriers of APOE4.

A high-fibre diet keeps the doctor away

Everything in moderation

The findings suggest that moderate cholesterol intake or daily egg consumption are not associated with the risk of stroke, even in persons who are genetically predisposed to a greater effect of dietary cholesterol on serum cholesterol levels.

At last, a sunny side to the egg debate. Now how do you like your eggs?

Source: University of Eastern Finland via www.sciencedaily.com