Lanie is quite right about the cholesterol issue. In fact, the amount of cholesterol in the diet has a negligable effect on blood plasma cholesterol. The liver produces the great majority of cholesterol in the blood, and it uses carbohydrate as a fuel for this process. More fat and less carbohydrate in the diet will typically greatly improve your 'cholesterol ratio', which measures the relative proportions of HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL is understood to be protective against heart disease, and LDL is thought to be causative.
Having said all that, cholesterol levels are a very poor indicator of heart disease risk. On average, heart attack patients don't have a higher cholesterol level than those without heart disease. It's become associated with CHD for a number of pretty dodgy and largely unsubstantiated reasons. I don't think doctors would give much significance to cholesterol levels if it wasn't for the fact that they are quick, easy and inexpensive to measure, unlike some of the risk factors which have a much closer association with CHD.
Anyway, I have eggs for breakfast every day and have done for years. My cholesterol ratio is 1.7 ( below 4 is the general recommendation). It was certainly higher when I used to have 'healthy' cereals for breakfast!
Over easy please.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 1/28/2008 11:39:39 AM (GMT-7)