Consuming one egg yolk can increase chances of vascular diseases much more than eating a Double Down from Kentucky Fried Chicken, says a new study.
An egg yolk, depending on its size, can contain 215 to 275 mg of cholesterol while the Double Down from Kentucky Fried Chicken contains 150 mg of cholesterol.
Patients at risk of cardiovascular disease are advised to limit their total dietary cholesterol to less than 200 mg per day.
"We wanted to put cholesterol into perspective, as there's been a widespread misconception developing among the Canadian public and even physicians, that consumption of dietary cholesterol and egg yolks is harmless," said Dr. David Spence of The University of Western Ontari.
The authors conclude, "There is no question that egg white is classed as a valuable source of high-quality protein. Egg yolks, however, are not something that should be eaten indiscriminately by adults without regard to their global cardiovascular risk, genetic predisposition to heart attacks and overall food habits."