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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  How many eggs should you eat in a week?


When it comes to eggs, the key is moderation. At only 70 calories each, eggs are a fairly nutritious and low-calorie breakfast option. One large egg contains 6g of protein and small amounts of numerous vitamins and minerals. Eggs have earned a bad reputation because they contain on average 215mg of cholesterol, which is 70% of the 300mg daily limit that the USDA recommends. However, the cholesterol in eggs is contained to the yolk, so eliminating the egg yolk eliminates the cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 3-4 egg yolks per week, but puts no limit on the number of egg whites that can be consumed per week.

Answered: 02/02/2011

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