Eggs. Are they healthy or unhealthy? While you may have fallen prey to the belief that eggs are unhealthy or cause heart disease, as a nutritionist, I’m here to help clear up the confusion. Here are five reasons to crack open those colorful eggs this Easter without guilt.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting egg yolks to 3-4 per week for those at risk of heart disease, however healthy Americans may happily enjoy an egg a day.
We continue to learn how foods impact our cholesterol levels and disease risk. One thing research is finding is that the types of fat we consume play a bigger role in raising or lowering our cholesterol levels than does the dietary cholesterol we consume (as is found in egg yolks). One long-term study I like to reference is the Framingham Heart Study, though there is also the Harvard Egg Study, in both scientists were unable to link healthy adults dining on one egg each day with the risk of heart disease.
What’s more? Recent research from the USDA found that eggs actually contain 14% less dietary cholesterol than we previously thought.
This certainly helps me feel good about serving reasonable amounts of eggs, including the yolks, to my family. If you feel the need to serve large portions, you can always add extra egg whites to your egg scramble to stretch your meal without having to think twice about the extra cholesterol.
So, go ahead, crack into an egg (or two) and enjoy the beautiful leftovers this Easter! At less than 15-cents apiece, they’re worthy of a splurge.
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