Can an egg a day keep the doctor away?
For years, eggs have been villainized for containing high amounts of cholesterol. The common belief was that high-cholesterol foods could raise cholesterol levels in the body, making them detrimental to heart health. Two recent studies, however, have added to the growing evidence that eggs are not harmful and may even be beneficial.
An interventional trial recently published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participants who ate 12 eggs per week had the same cholesterol levels and other cardiovascular risk factors after three months as participants who ate 2 eggs or fewer per week. A large-scale observational study published in Heart reinforced these findings: of its 416,000 participants, those who ate eggs on a regular basis had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases than those who did not eat eggs over a follow-up period of nine years.
So, go ahead and enjoy those eggs! They are full of the phytonutrients choline and lutein, and also contain omega-3 fatty acids and folate, which enable eggs to protect your brain health, eye health, and heart health. They are an efficient source of protein, so pair an egg with a piece of whole grain toast to increase effects after your next workout!
Today's post is from Louisa Paine, Registered Dietitian at The Mount Auburn Club.
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The information presented here is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or health condition. As always, please speak with your registered dietitian regarding any dietary modifications or nutrition-related questions.