Cholesterol in food (dietary cholesterol) has only a small effect on LDL cholesterol. Saturated and trans fats in food causes a much greater increase in LDL cholesterol. Australians can include some cholesterol-rich foods, such as offal (e.g. liver, pâté and kidney) and prawns, as part of a healthy balanced diet low in saturated fat.
Why do I need to be concerned about high blood cholesterol levels?
High total blood cholesterol can gradually clog the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart and other parts of your body. If your blood vessels become clogged, it can reduce the blood flow to your heart and lead to symptoms such as angina. If a blood clot forms in the narrowed blood vessel and completely blocks the blood supply to part of your heart, it can cause a life-threatening heart attack.
Your genetics also affect your blood cholesterol. Some people will still have a high total blood cholesterol level even if they follow a healthy balanced diet low in saturated fat. These people may need to take cholesterol-lowering medicine as prescribed by their doctor.
Can I eat eggs?
Yes you can. Eggs are very nutritious. They contain good quality protein, lots of vitamins and minerals, and healthier polyunsaturated fat.
The dietary cholesterol in eggs has only a small effect on blood LDL cholesterol, so you can enjoy up to six eggs each week as part of a healthy balanced diet. Find out more about eggs.