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"Low Cholesterol Eggs" Fact or Fiction?

Rarely do I order a room service breakfast while traveling. Admittedly, it is convenient to have breakfast delivered right to my hotel room and to have eaten (and brushed my teeth!) and be able to get on with my day without having to first search out a place to grab a quick morning meal. Sure, it's a great time-saver, especially if my travel is for business and my day is starting early. I just can't get past the prices typically charged for being able to eat a simple breakfast meal in my room. If the hotel I'm staying in offers room service, I do like to look at the menu, if for no other reason than to see what's being offered. Here's the breakfast menu from a recent hotel stay.

Low Cholesterol Eggs

Do you see in the middle of the menu above where it says "Egg Whites and Low Cholesterol Eggs are Available Upon Request."? So, a couple things about that. First, for most of us, the cholesterol in the food we eat has very little, if anything, to do with the cholesterol in our body. We don't need to be afraid of cholesterol; cholesterol is essential to our body. What will raise blood cholesterol is our genetic make-up, and fat, particularly saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain just 5 grams of fat, of which only 1.5 grams are saturated fat and none is trans fat. If you're interested in finding out more about eggs and cholesterol, visit www.livingwellwithcholesterol.ca. Second, there really is no such thing as a low cholesterol egg. Yes, if you remove the yolk from an egg and eat just the white, you won't consume any cholesterol. And true, the smaller an egg, the less cholesterol it contains compared to a large egg. However, the amount of cholesterol in eggs of the same size is very similar, no matter what the hen eats or how she is housed. Some liquid egg products such as Burnbrae Farms Breakfree Eggs or Omega Pro Eggs or Gray Ridge Egg Farm's Golden liquid eggs are low cholesterol options since they are made of mostly egg whites. Maybe this hotel is using a liquid egg product as their "low cholesterol eggs"?

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