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Can eggs be a part of a heart patient's diet? 

My 78 year old father has Cardiovascular disease (including multiple heart attacks) and high cholesterol. He has been told to change his diet and has done so - to the extreme (he was chided for ELIMINATING salt from his diet, for example). My question is about eggs. He was told not to eat eggs. I made homemade bread for a special meal and the bread had an egg in it (please note that this single egg was spread out over 2 loaves of cooked bread!). He refused to eat the bread. Is he correct that eating egg bread will contribute to cholesterol or am I correct in thinking he's way too extreme?

submitted by Deb from Maryland on 5/14/2013

Answer:

by St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital nutritionist, Kathryn Chiles, RD, LD, CNSC 

Ask a Texas Heart Institute Doctor illustrationThe National Cholesterol Education Program's diet recommendations are called the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes.  Within these guidelines you will find the recommendations that no more than 200mg cholesterol be consumed daily.  Items such as whole eggs have about 212 mg of cholesterol.  As you mentioned, your recipe called for one egg spread over 2 loaves of bread.  It is important to consider the end amount of cholesterol consumed.  Even if each loaf only had 10 slices that would have been 10mg of cholesterol for each slice.  Items made with eggs, when consumed in moderation can still be a part of a lower cholesterol diet. You can also enjoy egg substitutes such as Egg Beaters to provide an "egg" with zero milligrams of cholesterol. 

You'll find the articles cited below very helpful in providing additional dietary advice for your father (and you).

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Updated May 2013
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