I know you're not my doctor, but help me settle a bet with one. I've been regularly eating 3 eggs a day for the past month, and my girlfriend's dad (an endocrinologist) is trying to convince me that this will give me high cholesterol and a risk of cardiovascular disease. But every time I try to look this up online myself, I find conflicting information. First, there are journal articles like this one in JAMA
or this one on PubMed
, which seem to indicate that there is actually no proven link between the dietary cholesterol in eggs and bad cholesterol, at least not for everyone in the population. There's also this summary
of the research on the Egg Nutrition Council website, but that may just be industry propaganda.
On the other hand, there are plenty of websites like this eHow
that recommend limiting dietary cholesterol to less than 300mg per day (which I'm more than doubling). There's also this study
which seems to indicate that egg consumption increases the ratio of total to HDL cholesterol (i.e., has a bad effect on cholesterol levels).
So, which is it? Is there just as much uncertainty as there seems to be, or is this like climate change where almost all credible scientists actually agree? In case it's relevant, I'm in my early 30s, nonsmoker, not diabetic, and the last time I had my cholesterol checked (before I started eating all these eggs) it was well within the normal limits.