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Ask the doctor: What the evidence shows about eggs as part of a healthy diet

August 19, 2014

Q. Are eggs bad for your health, or not? I hear different things about them.

A. I was taught—first by my parents, and then in medical school—that you should eat eggs infrequently. The reason? Egg yolk contains lots of cholesterol, so eggs would raise your blood cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease. Seemed reasonable, so I reserved eggs for Sunday mornings only.

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