Cholesterol & Eggs - No Limit to Eating Eggs
A: Eggs do contain a type of cholesterol found in many foods, called dietary cholesterol.
Eggs, liver, kidneys and shrimp are higher in dietary cholesterol than other foods.
But the cholesterol we get from our food has much less effect on the level of cholesterol in our blood than the amount of saturated fat we eat.
If you are eating a balanced diet, you don't need to cut down on eggs (or kidneys and shrimp), unless your GP or dietitian has advised you to do this.
However, liver is also a rich source of vitamin A, which can be harmful in high amounts.
So if you eat liver every week you might want to choose not to have it more often because the body stores vitamin A and levels can build up over many years.
If you need to reduce the cholesterol level in your blood, the most important thing is to cut down on saturated fat.
It's also a good idea to eat more fruit, vegetables and fibre- rich foods such as oats and pulses.
Foods that are high in saturated fat include fatty meat, meat pies, sausages, hard cheese, butter and lard, pastry, cakes and biscuits, cream, soured cream and creme fraiche, coconut oil, coconut cream and palm oil.
Lots of people think that you should only eat a certain number of eggs a week.