A lot of controversial data has been published about the benefits and hazards of eggs – are they good or bad for us?
People have been left more puzzled than ever with some saying that consuming eggs on the regular is bad, while others think they should definitely be a part of our usual diet. As they found in the middle of the mix, people still have no answer to how many eggs represents a safe daily consumption?
For starters, eggs are a very good source of protein, but they also provide us with plenty of minerals and vitamins. Aside from their nutritional value, preparing eggs can be one of the easiest cooking recipes.
However, eggs got a bad reputation because of their high level of cholesterol, which is a contributing factor to increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. But according to a new study, eggs are not as bad for your health as people think.
In other words, researchers found that even though they represent a relatively high intake of cholesterol, the amount found in eggs is not enough to increase the risk of coronary artery disease.
As stated by Julia Zumpano from the Preventive Cardiology Nutrition Program of Cleveland Clinic, we have no official recommendation about how many eggs one should consume daily or weekly.
Approximately 186 milligrams of cholesterol are found in each egg, but most of the bad stuff is found in the yolk. Therefore, if you want to eat more eggs, then you must have moderation in mind: limit your intake of other food items that contain high levels of trans and saturated fat.
Some experts agree that a person who doesn’t suffer from diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol can eat one whole egg daily on average. This consumption rate won’t elevate their risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, people suffering from any of these diseases should limit their intake of whole eggs to two or less weekly. This practice will help prevent heart disease, especially if the person keeps the consumption of other dangerous foods at a minimum.
But cooking of the eggs the right way can also have a positive effect. For example, you can make egg dishes healthier by cooking them without additional fat or salt. In this respect, poached or hard-boiled eggs should be cooked without salt, while scrambled ones should skip the butter (high in saturated fat).
Lastly, if you really love your daily egg, focus on eggs whites more than yolks; these contain less cholesterol and saturated fat, the ones responsible with making eggs less desirable.
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