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Monday, April 19, 2010 Rich, Community Member, asks

Q: No cholesterol in fertilized chicken eggs - true or false?

I have heard that eating fertilized eggs is better for you because they do not have bad cholesterol.   I was wondering if this is a myth or is it true.  Is the LDL (bad) cholesterol typically found in egg yolks converted to HDL (good) cholesterol when the egg is fertilized?


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4/19/10 3:59pm

Hi Rich,


The cholesterol found in foods (dietary cholesterol) isn't neither "good" nor "bad". When you consume a food that contains dietary cholesterol, such as eggs, it's processed in the liver and packaged into lipoproteins, such as HDL and LDL. This is where it can take on "good" and "bad" properties.


One egg contains 210 mg of cholesterol within the egg yolk. I am not aware of a cholesterol difference between fertilized vs. unfertilized eggs.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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