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Cholesterol Level in Egg Whites

author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Cholesterol Level in Egg Whites
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If you're concerned about your cholesterol intake, it's wise to know the cholesterol content of the foods you eat. This will help you make cholesterol-conscious food choices. Because high cholesterol is linked to cardiovascular disease, you may have an interest in reducing your cholesterol intake. A large, whole egg contains 200 milligrams of cholesterol. The cholesterol, however, is concentrated in the yolk.

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Cholesterol Content of Egg Whites

You may be surprised to know that egg whites contain no cholesterol. If you are following a low-cholesterol diet for health reasons, egg whites make a good option. If you're consuming a balanced diet, the cholesterol in whole eggs is unlikely to pose harm, according to nutrition adviser Mike Roussell. You may want to exercise caution and choose egg whites if you have difficulty controlling your cholesterol levels, particularly a bad form of cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein.

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