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Articles August 2015 Issue

Is It OK to Put Eggs Back on Your Plate?

If you’re going to embrace the good news about eggs, do so carefully.

The humble egg has been on a roll lately. First, the US Department of Agriculture recalculated the amount of dietary cholesterol in a typical large egg downward—from 215 to 185 milligrams—and vitamin D upward (to 41 IU, 10% of the Daily Value). Then, earlier this year, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) concluded, given current intakes of dietary cholesterol in the US, it was no longer necessary to recommend that most people limit dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams daily. (See the May newsletter for details.) That limit had led many people to avoid eggs.

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