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One egg yolk fries up more cholesterol than some of the most larded fast foods ever sold, a new study published yesterday says.

One egg yolk fries up more cholesterol than some of the most larded fast foods ever sold, a new study published yesterday says.

And Canadian egg marketers are using “propaganda” in their “Get Cracking” commercials by suggesting the products are healthy, especially for people at risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments, the paper’s lead author says.

“The Hardees Monster Thickburger has 210 milligrams of cholesterol and that’s more than four days of meat for what I recommend to my patients,” says Dr. David Spence, a University of Western Ontario neurologist and the paper’s lead author.

“And one large egg yolk has 275 (milligrams).”

That one yolk compares to a Hardees burger that delivers its cholesterol load in two one-third-pound beef patties, three slices of cheese and four strips of bacon, he says.

The infamous KFC Double Down, which features bacon and cheese sandwiched between two hunks of deep-fried chicken, has a mere 150 milligrams of cholesterol.

Bonnie Cohen, marketing and nutrition manager with the Egg Farmers of Canada, says it is “irresponsible” to compare eggs with junk food like the Double Down, which carries a wide variety of known nutritional hazards.

 
 
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