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How Many Eggs Can I Eat Per Day?

Yiwen Lu, MS, RD, CPT
March 14, 2023
November 6, 2023

If you are concerned about your cholesterol or heart health, you may still be worried about eggs. There's an old fear surrounding eggs and heart health, but there's no need to worry much about eggs. Research in the last 20 years proves that they are more likely to nurture your body than harm it.

Watch the video to know more.

Eggs are a good source of protein and other nutrients, but they are also high in cholesterol. A 2019 review published in JAMA of ong-term studies suggested that each additional 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol consumed per day was significantly associated with higher risk of heart disease. One large egg contains about 186 mg of cholesterol, so, if you current diet contains other high cholesterol foods, take that into account because they do add up.

The American Heart Association suggests one egg (or two egg whites) per day, as part of a healthy diet.

If you really want a number, we would suggest maybe eat up to six eggs per week. Still, this number should be as individualized as possible, so talk to your dietitian to see what is the recommendation amount for you and learn about other foods in your diet that might be high in cholesterol.

But instead of pondering about the number, please focus on healthy eating in general, follow the DASH diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, adequate lean protein, and unsaturated fats! Always a great way to start!