Are Egg Yolks Good or Bad For You?

Nutrition advice that 60+ years out-of-date: eggs are bad for you and eating the yolks raises your cholesterol level. In 1961 the American Heart Association recommended limiting dietary cholesterol, and many other international health organizations followed suit.


Happy 2-Tips Tuesday!

Here are two ideas to consider this week.

By Jennifer Broxterman, RD


1. Are eggs good or bad for your cholesterol level?

As a nutrition coach, I get asked variations of this question all of the time,

“Are eggs bad for high cholesterol?”


“How many eggs are ok to eat in a day?”


“Are whole eggs and egg yolks good or bad for you?”


Maybe you’ve wondered that yourself. Perhaps you’ve even gotten that question, but struggled to come up with a scientifically correct answer.

Nutrition coaching can be confusing with all of the conflicting information being shared online, and things definitely change as the research evolves.

For example, did you know that the advice to limit high cholesterol foods like egg yolks goes all the way back to 1961 when the American Heart Association recommended limiting dietary cholesterol, because at that time it was mistakenly believed to raise blood cholesterol levels, and many other international health organizations followed suit.

But that was 63 years ago, and now, modern research supports that eggs are healthy and are ok to eat regularly, even daily!

Eggs are:

🍳 rich in protein

🍳 packed full of healthy nutrients like iron, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin B12, folate, selenium, and choline (learn about the nutrients in eggs here)

🍳 contain antioxidants that support our vision like lutein and zeaxanthin  

🍳 filled with healthy fats that help keep us full

🍳 a highly affordable protein source


To top things off, a review of 17 observational studies with a total of 263,939 people found no association between egg consumption and heart disease or stroke (source), and in fact, people with the highest egg consumption had a 25% lower risk of developing a stroke. Pretty cool.

🤓 🔍 Kind Nerd Alert: 

If you’d like to explore deeper or share more information with a nutrition client, here’s a great summary article on the topic of eggs and cholesterol: Healthline: Are whole eggs and egg yolks good or bad for you?


2. Easy Egg Bites

Now that we’re on better terms with eggs, try this easy Egg Bites recipe! It’s great for people who struggle to get enough protein and fiber at breakfast. (full recipe in instagram caption)



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Jen Broxterman
Registered Dietitian
Prosper Nutrition Coaching


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