Can You Eat Eggs if Your Cholesterol Is High?

Eggs are delicious and adaptable, making them the star of many quick and easy recipes.

Eggs have long been stigmatized as unhealthy due to their high cholesterol content. If you have high cholesterol, you may question if eggs are okay.

11.5% of U.S. people over 20 had high total cholesterol (240 mg/dl or more), according to the CDC. 

Atherosclerosis, which causes heart disease and stroke, can result from high cholesterol. Diet and lifestyle reduce heart disease risk.

Due to its high cholesterol content (one large egg has 207 milligrams, says the USDA), eggs are often studied in diet and blood cholesterol research. 

 Eggs account for 25% of U.S. individuals' dietary cholesterol, according to a 2019 American Heart Association study.

Eggs include many nutrients besides cholesterol. Eggs provide vitamin D, choline, and lutein in addition to 7 grams of protein.