According to new nutrition data from the United States Department of Agriculture, it appears that eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously thought.
The USDA recently reviewed the nutrient composition of standard large eggs from 12 different locations across the country, and results show the average amount of cholesterol in one large egg is 185 mg, 14 percent lower than previously recorded. The analysis also revealed that large eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, an increase of 64 percent.
At first glance this was big news, folks, because I love me some eggs.
But then the press release goes on to say: “Enjoying an egg a day can fall within current cholesterol guidelines, particularly if individuals opt for low-cholesterol foods throughout the day.”
An egg? As in one!
Guess I’ll just stick with my Egg Beaters since I’m not about to give up my occasional fluffy, fat homemade omelets.
But if cholesterol is not a big concern for you, read on …
“The amount of protein in one large egg — 6 grams of protein or 12 percent of the Recommended Daily Value — remains the same, and the protein in eggs is one of the highest quality proteins found in any food. Eggs are all-natural, and one egg has lots of vitamins and minerals all for 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. At less than 15 cents apiece, eggs are an affordable and delicious breakfast option.”
So there you have it.