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Frequently Asked Questions

I have high cholesterol; how many eggs can I consume each week?

It should be realised that only 20% of the cholesterol in the blood is provided by food, and the remaining 80% is synthesised by the organism. The egg yolk does indeed contain cholesterol, but that does not mean having to eliminate eggs in the case of excessively high cholesterol levels. We know that it is more effective to act on the quantity and quality of fats consumed than upon the actual cholesterol intake from food: you should limit the intake of saturated fatty acids from animal fats (butter cheese, prepared meat …) and increase the intake of fats and oils that are rich in unsaturated fatty acids (oils, margarine). Accordingly, persons with high blood cholesterol levels are advised to eat 2 to 3 eggs per week, without allowing for eggs contained in prepared foods.

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