Egg nutrient may reduce risk of breast cancer

by Stephanie Bloyd
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PARK RIDGE, ILL. — Choline, an essential nutrient found in egg yolks, was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in a study to be published in June in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

The case-control study included 3,000 female participants. The risk of developing breast cancer was 24% lower among those with the highest intake of choline, compared to women with lower intakes. Participants with higher choline levels consumed an average of 455 mg a day, primarily from eggs, coffee and skim milk.

According to the Institute of Medicine, adequate choline intake is 550 mg per day for men and breastfeeding women, 425 mg per day for women, and 450 mg per day for pregnant women.

One egg contains 125.5 mg of choline. Other food sources include liver, wheat germ and cauliflower.

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