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I found this article <a href="http://www.suite101.com/content/the-nutritional-value-of-chicken-eggs-a114220" target="_blank">http://www.suite101.com/content/the-...n-eggs-a114220</a> cause I was googling eggs nutrients.<br>
And i know it isn't scholarly however it says eggs contain cholesterol which helps cell membranes develop. I thought cholesterol was bad?<br>
Also eggs are very high in vitamin D, which as a Canadian is hard enough for me to get.<br>
I have had to break vegan for a week or two at a time in the past to eat eggs in order to get my vitamin d up. however I haven't done this in month and never want to again.<br>
So my question is a two parter I guess. What replaced vit D in a vegan diet? And is there good cholesterol in eggs which also needs to be attended for a vegan diet?
 

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Cholesterol is wonderful. It is needed to make steroid hormones (sex hormones, vitamin D, cortisol, etc.), bile salts (for fat digestion), proper cell membranes, etc. Fortunately most adults are able to synthesized all the cholesterol they need. If you are worried about your cholesterol levels you can have blood test to see what they are (a simple finger prick test to find the total number or have more blood taken for a complete lipid profile). Just make sure you're eating a healthy diet, getting enough carbs, fats (especially the essential fatty acids), and protein (these contain the carbon skeleton used to make cholesterol).<br><br>
Vitamin D can be synthesized by the body by exposing the skin to sun light; you'll need to look into this to see if it will work for you because there are a variety of factors that effect the the amount of UV light from the sun that gets into the skin. Also you can consume vitamin D2 (the plant derived form) from fortified foods and dairy alternatives and supplements. If you are planing on getting your vit D from the sun you should still look in to consuming it as well as it is difficult for most westerners to get adequate UV exposer. In the winter you'll have to rely completely on ingesting vit D (I take a vit. D supplement in the winter).
 

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Cholesterol is wonderful. It is needed to make steroid hormones (sex hormones, vitamin D, cortisol, etc.), bile salts (for fat digestion), proper cell membranes, etc. Fortunately most adults are able to synthesized all the cholesterol they need. If you are worried about your cholesterol levels you can have blood test to see what they are (a simple finger prick test to find the total number or have more blood taken for a complete lipid profile). Just make sure you're eating a healthy diet, getting enough carbs, fats (especially the essential fatty acids), and protein (these contain the carbon skeleton used to make cholesterol).<br><br>
Vitamin D can be synthesized by the body by exposing the skin to sun light; you'll need to look into this to see if it will work for you because there are a variety of factors that effect the the amount of UV light from the sun that gets into the skin. Also you can consume vitamin D2 (the plant derived form) from fortified foods and dairy alternatives and supplements. If you are planing on getting your vit D from the sun you should still look in to consuming it as well as it is difficult for most westerners to get adequate UV exposer. In the winter you'll have to rely completely on ingesting vit D (I take a vit. D supplement in the winter).</div>
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Yup, all that!<br><br>
Regarding vitamin D, you can get it in fortified soy milk, fortified orange juice, breakfast cereals, energy bars, etc. Or come visit me in Las Vegas for a little while so you can get some good old fashioned sunlight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Yeh i take supplements already i was just wondering if there was an all natural food. Google mostly said supplements and sunlight. Never seen the fortified soy milk and the only OJ I have seen has lactic acid in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> drank half a carton before I noticed it in the ingredients, who would think to check juice to contain milk ingredients
 

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typically but not always so i dont take the chance
 

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My liver makes more than enough cholesterol for everyone on the block!! My good cholesterol is pushing 80.<br><br>
I take a Vitamin D supplement in the winter, and a little more intermittently in the summer. I am extremely pale, so I wear strong sunblock every day in the summer, but I don't wait the recommended 15-20 minutes before going out, so I expect I get some sun in there.
 

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Irradiated mushrooms are the only natural, non-animal vit. D source i can think of. Unless you are eating eggs from hens that spend a lot of time in sunlight (which most hens don't) then the hens were given vit. D supplements.<br><br>
WRT the OJ, why not contact the company and find out if it is vegan or not.
 
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