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Large Eggs Contain Less Cholesterol, More Vitamin D Than Once Thought

February 8, 2011: 09:11 AM EST

Scientists at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service who randomly collected and examined regular large shell eggs found them to contain 14 percent less cholesterol and 64 percent more vitamin D than previously thought. The average amount of cholesterol in a large egg is 185 mg, while vitamin D content is 41 IU. According to Dr. Jacob Exler, a nutritionist with the ARS Nutrient Data Laboratory, the last time nutrient analysis was done on eggs was nine years ago. He said that, except for cholesterol and vitamin D, protein and other nutrients “remained similar to those values” of 2002.

"Eggs are now naturally lower in cholesterol", News release, Edleman Public Relations, February 08, 2011, © Edleman PR
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