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How Much Cholesterol Is In One Egg? (It Might Surprise You)

18/06/2014 14:18 BST | Updated 19/06/2014 09:59 BST

There's nothing we like more at HuffPost UK Lifestyle than chowing down on some good old eggs. Poached, scrambled, boiled or fried, they're not only delicious but help keep hunger locked up 'til lunch.

But while eggs are undeniably nutritious, they should be eaten in moderation.

As Dr Rachel Lagniappe reveals in the video above, one egg yolk contains a rather high dose of cholesterol.

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An adult's recommended daily amount (RDA) of cholesterol is 200mg, but an egg contains a whopping 210mg.

This means that eating just one egg is more than the RDA, and that's not counting the cholesterol consumed through other foods throughout the day. Yikes.

Your body needs cholesterol to produce hormones for development, protect the body against infection and to make cortisol, the stress hormone. However, there is a difference between good and bad cholesterol.

Bad cholesterol found in fried foods, pies, biscuits, cakes and basically everything that tastes good, contributes to heart disease. Good cholesterol effectively helps your body to work efficiently.

However, if you already have high cholesterol levels, you do need to be mindful of the other things you are eating, and this includes eggs.

High cholesterol (LDL) is one of the major contributing factors towards it because it contributes to the narrowing of the arteries, and increases risk of heart attack, stroke and mini-stroke.

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