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Eggcited about whole milk?


The Heart Foundation has reviewed its advice on the consumption of eggs and full-fat dairy.

What does this mean?

For generally healthy people, the Heart Foundations advice was to limit the amount of eggs consumed to seven per week and only choose reduced-fat dairy.

Full-fat dairy products are higher in saturated fat, saturated fat is known in theory to cause an increase the bad type of cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

Eggs contain cholesterol, however this does not impact your cholesterol levels. If you eat a diet high in saturated fat and also eat eggs then this will increase your cholesterol levels.

The new advice

If you’re generally in good health and you’ve been restricting full-fat dairy and eggs in your diet with the aim to prevent high cholesterol levels then this is good news.

Recent research has been evaluated and it has shown th at there is not enough evidence to link cardiovascular disease and the consumption of full-fat dairy. Since these foods provide beneficial nutrients like protein and calcium there is no need to restrict them.

This means that there is no longer a limit for full fat dairy and eggs per week to maintain a healthy heart.

To note

This new advice is to maintain health, if you have an existing heart condition or high cholesterol then it’s best to restrict the amount of eggs eaten to 7 a week and consume only reduced-fat dairy foods and drinks.

Don’t run for the freezer though, these new recommendations for full-fat dairy do not include dairy based desserts (e.g. ice-cream) as well as cream and butter.

Shadia Djakovic

Dietitian/Nutritionist


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