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Eggs and fat

Fats are an essential part of any diet. Around 9% of the egg content is fat. The fat of an egg is found almost entirely in the yolk; there is less than 0.5% in the albumen.

Most of an egg’s total fatty acid composition is monounsaturated (approximately 38%). About a further 16% is polyunsaturated and only 28% is saturated. An average medium size egg contains 177mg cholesterol, about 12% less than eggs contained twenty years ago. For more information on eggs and cholesterol, click here.

Eggs are also rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids, mainly in the form of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). They therefore provide a useful alternative source of these important essential fatty acids, especially for people who do not consume oily fish. DHA contributes to normal brain function and normal vision. These beneficial effects are obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA and of another fatty acid (EPA) from various dietary sources. An average medium egg provides about 70mg of omega-3 fatty acids. For more information on nutrients in eggs, click here.

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