• Rich Rich
    April 19, 2010
    No cholesterol in fertilized chicken eggs - true or false?
    Rich Rich
    April 19, 2010

    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?




  • Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
    Health Pro
    April 19, 2010
    Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
    Health Pro
    April 19, 2010

    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

    How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps


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