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Week: 582.3 

Guest: Wanda Howell, PhD.,Assoc. Prof. Nutritional Science, Univ. of Arizona

 Topic: Eggs again the perfect food

 Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Are eggs once again the perfect food? ...coming up.... 

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NEMA: A new study from University of Arizona researcher Wanda Howell shows that a moderate amount of cholesterol in the diet does not influence our blood cholesterol...refuting the government advice that we eat only two to four eggs a week to stay healthy... 

HOWELL: Our view is that one to two eggs a day will not influence blood cholesterol, and there's no reason that public health guidelines need to issue limitations on a single food product. It just clearly is not supported by the scientific evidence. 

NEMA: Howell says out bodies normally adjust the cholesterol we make when we eat cholesterol in food...and avoiding eggs means doing without a great source of protein... 

HOWELL: In that yolk that you're avoiding - loaded with vitamins and minerals. That yolk has very little saturated fat - about a gram - the rest of it's the good, monounsaturated fat. 

NEMA: Howell says she's not recommending to folks that they can eat a dozen eggs a day. You exceed that ability to regulate your cholesterol level if you eat too much dietary cholesterol. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.