“Dietary cholesterol has been greatly oversold as a health concern, in part, because it has a small effect on blood cholesterol levels,” says Dr. Walter Willet, Harvard University’s famed nutritionist.

Eggs, in particular, have gotten a bad rap, the article says. Willet states that “some of the foods that contain high cholesterol, such as eggs, have many other healthy components.”


The article continues that egg yolks, organ meat, shellfish, whole-fat dairy products and red meat are rich sources of dietary cholesterol, but the largest influence on blood cholesterol level is the mix of fats in the diet, not how much cholesterol is eaten in food.