Tuesday, November 2, 2010

They're not Yolking

A medical study is sure to stir controversy around egg yolks. They contain more cholesterol than a whopping fast food order.

The three prominent Canadian doctors are hitting back against what they say is a growing "widespread misconception" that egg yolks are harmless.

"One egg yolk can have about 215 to 275 milligrams of cholesterol, depending on its size. A Double Down sandwich, which consists of bacon and cheese sandwiched by two pieces of fried chicken, has 150 milligrams of cholesterol. People at risk of developing cardiovascular disease should not consume more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol a day, the researchers said."

"The researchers wanted to “put cholesterol into perspective, as there’s been widespread misconception developing among the Canadian public and even physicians, that consumption of dietary cholesterol and egg yolks is harmless,” David Spence, professor and scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the Robarts Research Institute at UWO, said in a statement."

The findings are published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and are based on a review of studies about cholesterol consumption and eggs.

One doctor says, "The thing that kills more Canadians is heart attacks and strokes, and strokes disable more people than any other cause of illness."

This study will, no doubt, encourage many to think about their dietary habits and preferences, including me.