| Updated at: 0015 PST, Tuesday, February 15, 2011|
LONDON: Eggs are actually 14 percent lower in cholesterol and 64 percent higher in vitamin D than previously thought, according to the findings of a study.
Researchers found that while protein content (6 grams) and calories (70) remained the same, the average amount of cholesterol in one large egg decreased from 212 mg to 185 mg, 14 percent lower than previously recorded in 2002. The study also revealed that large eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, up 64 percent. How is this possible? Well, they're not quite sure, but some scientists theorize that it could be related to improvements in the quality of hens' feed over the past decade. "You are what you eat" isn't exclusive to humans.
According to the American Egg Board, "Enjoying an egg a day can fall within current cholesterol guidelines, particularly if individuals opt for low-cholesterol foods throughout the day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that eating one whole egg per day does not result in increased blood cholesterol levels and recommend that individuals consume, on average, less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day." Well, of course they're going to say that. They're the freaking egg board.