3. Myth: Eating eggs raises your cholesterol levels
Truth: This one has been confusing people for decades. The cholesterol in eggs (dietary cholesterol) doesn’t effect the cholesterol in your body–they are two different things. The culprit in raising your body’s cholesterol is certain saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain relatively small amounts of saturated fat. One large egg contains about 1.5 grams saturated fat (a tablespoon of butter contains 7 grams).
Meanwhile, egg protein has the right mix of essential amino acids that we need for tissue-building, and egg protein is said to be the highest quality food protein known, second only to mother’s milk. Eggs provide 22 percent of the adult’s daily requirement of choline, an essential nutrient for brain and memory functions, and egg yolk is one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Eggs offer carotene, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, B12 and pantothenic acid, to name just a few of their important nutrients.
For more information on eggs, see Easy Greening: Eggs