What is it about?

In this paper more than one hundred eggs from Campania region (Italy) were analyzed by using a new GC-FID procedure. We found that the average content was 175 mg/egg, a result very different from previous result of 275 mg/egg reported in literature.

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Why is it important?

It is important because on the basis of the new results for cholesterol content of eggs it is possible to eat two eggs a day without increasing CVD risk.


These results gave the possibility to use a more accurate value for cholesterol content in eggs. Thanks to our results the 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol, consistent with the conclusions of the AHA/ACC report. Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption. (http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/PDFs/Scientific-Report-of-the-2015-Dietary-Guidelines-Advisory-Committee.pdf).

Prof. Daniele Naviglio
University of Naples Federico II

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This page is a summary of: Determination of cholesterol in Italian chicken eggs, Food Chemistry, May 2012, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2011.11.002.
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