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Eggs are better for you than previously thought

CLEVELAND (KWWL) -- If you are still deciding on breakfast this morning, may we suggest an egg.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says they're lower in cholesterol, and higher in Vitamin D.

It turns out eggs really are all they're cracked up to be, and more.

"We've known for a while that actually eggs are not the cholesterol bad guy we thought they were," Cleveland UH Case Medical Center Clinical Dietitian Lisa Cimperman said.

A new USDA analysis of eggs shows they now have 14 percent less cholesterol, and 64 percent more Vitamin D than the last time they were sampled a decade ago.

Experts suspect the changes came from improvements in chickens' diets.

"Presumably hens are consuming more Vitamin D and putting more of it into their eggs and consuming less foods that raise cholesterol and putting less of it into their eggs," said American Egg Board Spokesman Dr. David Katz.

The dietary cholesterol in eggs has historically given them a bad rap, undeservedly so, according to Cimperman.

"It's saturated fat that causes your cholesterol to go up. And eggs are relatively low in saturated fat," said Cimperman.

Still the old saying "everything in moderation" applies. Current dietary guidelines suggest we shouldn't get more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day. A single egg has 186 milligrams.

The bottom line?

"If you like eggs, eat them," Cimperman.

Bacon, however, is a story for another day.

Labels on egg cartons and menus will soon be updated with the new cholesterol and Vitamin D levels.


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