A powerpack of nutrients and powerful health benefits, eggs make one of the healthiest food options. Despite being one of the best protein sources, eggs are also considered a bad food choice owing to high saturated fat and high cholesterol content.
Eggs are an amazing health food. They offer incredible health benefits and nutritional value. Besides being an excellent protein food, eggs are high in Lutein and Zeaxanthine, the antioxidants that keep eyes protected from vision problems. Eggs also offer Choline, a brain nutrient that keeps our brain functioning well. Besides, eggs help increased muscle mass and better bone health.
Wondering how many eggs can you have? According to the Department of Health, you can eat as many eggs as you like if it’s a part of a healthy, balanced diet. However, you need to watch your consumption of eggs if you have high cholesterol in your body.
For those with Bad “LDL” Cholesterol
A study published in the Physicians Health Study suggests that eating one egg per day is generally safe (not more than one yolk a day, you can eat unlimited whites). If you eat more than one egg a day, it can increase your heart disease risk later in life. Moreover, a diet high in saturated fat when combined with eggs can have a more profound affect on your bad “LDL” cholesterol levels. It’s better to have include variety in your diet; you can eat one egg a day but mix different food options such as oatmeal with mixed berries and milk, lean sources of protein (such as grilled chicken, fish and beans).
According to the Department of Health, eggs today contain around 20 per cent less fat, 13 per cent fewer calories and 10 per cent less cholesterol than they used to 30 years ago. Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse; scientists didn’t find any clinically significant impact of eggs on cholesterol levels.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eggs can help keep blood pressure in healthy range. Moreover, scientists at the University of Alberta found that egg yolks have twice as many antioxidants as an apple besides important amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine. Besides, eggs also have vitamin D and selenium among 13 essential nutrients.
There is no conclusive evidence to suggest how much is too much. It is possible (although unlikely) that eating even more than a certain number could have a detrimental effect on health. Overall, eating eggs is perfectly safe, even if you’re eating up to 3 whole eggs a day, which makes up just over 20 eggs a week.
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