How Many Eggs Should You Eat Weekly?

It is advisable to eat no more than seven eggs per week, which averages out to about one egg per day. A large egg contains 186 milligrams of cholesterol, notes the Mayo Clinic. The daily recommended allowance of cholesterol is 300 milligrams in a healthy adult or 200 milligrams in an adult with heart disease, high cholesterol or diabetes.

Those who like eggs but need to reduce the amount of cholesterol consumed may consider eating only the egg whites and tossing out the egg yolk, which contains the most cholesterol. Additionally, there are egg substitute products that are made using egg whites and that are free of cholesterol.

Foods that are traditionally served with eggs may increase the risk for heart disease rather than the eggs themselves, notes the Mayo Clinic. This includes sausage, ham and bacon, meats that contain a lot of sodium, and the fat used to fry hash browns and eggs, which is saturated or trans fats. Most healthy people can eat an egg a day without any increase in the chance of heart disease further down the line, and some studies suggest that eating eggs can actually prevent some types of strokes, according to the Mayo Clinic.