Barbara’s Bulletin: Eggs Are Getting Healthier?

February 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm Leave a comment

Our egg supply is getting more nutritious.  New research released from the U.S. Department of Agricultural shows that eggs now contain less cholesterol and more vitamin D than they did in 2002.  This news comes on the heels of the new dietary guidelines, which said that for healthy individuals, consuming 1 egg per day does not cause elevated blood cholesterol levels or increase cardiovascular disease risk.

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture studied the nutritional make-up of eggs from 12 different areas around the country in order to update their website nutrition facts.  The eggs they collected had 30mg less cholesterol and 25IU more vitamin D than the eggs they collected almost a decade ago.  These changes in nutrient levels are most likely due to changes to animal feed or breeding practices. Farmers are now putting more vitamin D enriched feed to improve nutrient levels of their hen eggs.

The dietary guidelines state that individuals should aim for less than 300mg of dietary cholesterol per day, eggs are now 185mg, leaving more room for other food in the diet that contain cholesterol like fish or meat.  Still it is important to note that consuming 2 eggs for breakfast, a typical portion size at restaurants provides more daily dietary cholesterol than recommended.

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