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Cholesterol in Popular
Breakfast Foods

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Cholesterol in Breakfast Foods

Pancakes contain 20 mg's and this is based on one small. One waffle contains 45 mg's.

A ham, cheese and onion omelet prepared with two eggs contains 445 mg's. Bacon contains 17 mg's and two pork sausages contain 90 mg's.

The following cereals contain zero milligrams of cholesterol: Cream of Rice, Cream of Wheat, Farina, oatmeal, Ralston and Wheatena.

Eggs, Heavy Handed Where Cholesterol Values Enter the Nutritional Picture

While breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day, it can contain more cholesterol than lunch, dinner and snack times put together when unwise food choices are made.

While omelets are divine and quite nominal in caloric content, the same doesn't hold true where fatty acid content is involved.

One ham and cheese omelet - with or without onion and other vegetables contains about 445 milligrams of cholesterol. That's a huge amount of negative values.

In comparison, if we view our data chart below which contains popular lunch and dinner food selections, we see that Spaghetti and Meatballs contain only 83 cholesterol milligrams per one cup serving.

Even a cheese enchilada contains only 45 mg's. The highest in our data chart is the bean, beef and cheese burrito at 132 milligrams. Therefore, this show how deadly that innocent looking omelet can be.

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If we add 2 small pork sausage links to our omelet - oooh boy, we've added almost another 100 mg's of goo. On this note, let's take things in the downward direction - omitting the cheese and the ham. Now we've decreased the cholesterol content to about 190 mg's - which is a whole lot better than those 445.

Serving Size Matters as to Cholesterol Values

We do need to note that it's not only the food itself - or the recipe, the milligram content of lipids is also dependent upon the size of egg that we use. Here is the content based on the size of the egg:

Jumbo: 234 mg
Extra Large: 208 mg
Large: 186 mg
Medium: 164 mg
Small: 141 mg

Therefore, the reduced lipid omelet above made use of a medium size egg.

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