The Truth About Eggs and Dietary Cholesterol

Eggs and Dietary Cholesterol

For years, eggs have been demonized for contributing to increased cholesterol levels. But even from years ago, research says the exact opposite. According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, research from the Framingham study published in 1982 found that “differences in egg consumption were unrelated to blood cholesterol levels or to coronary heart disease incidence.”

The truth is that eggs are really a kind of superfood packed with nutrition that is vital for proper metabolic function. Here are a few things you may not know about eggs:

1 - Eggs contain a powerhouse of various nutrients like vitamin A, folate, vitamins B5,B6, B12, and B2, phosphorous, selenium, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, and zinc. It’s practically like taking a multivitamin!

2 - Eggs contain absorbable amino acids in the right quantities. If you need a protein fix, eggs are a great way to get it. (Don’t forget that getting the right amount of protein helps with weight loss!)

3 - Eggs actually help to increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels and can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (2)

4 - Eggs contain antioxidants that are vital for eye health. These antioxidants can actually decrease the risk for cataracts or macular degeneration. (3)

So, don’t be afraid to eat eggs on a regular basis. However, make sure the eggs you buy are pasture-raised and free-range in order to get the optimal nutrition from them. An egg a day may just keep the doctor away!

References:

1 - Am J Clin Nutr October 1982 vol. 36 no. 4 617-625
2 - J Intern Med. 1994 Mar;235(3):249-51.
3 - Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2006, Vol.47, 2329-2335. doi:10.1167/iovs.05-1235

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