Are they good? Are they bad? What about cholesterol?
In today’s world, there is so much controversy regarding nearly every type of food choice, it’s hard to know what to actually eat. However, don’t let marketing scams and false advertisements scare you from consuming truly healthy foods….starting with eggs!
Classified as a “perfect food” eggs are stock full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and high quality protein, and should be included in a balanced diet (provided the consumer is not strictly vegetarian or vegan).
A standard sized large egg provides 70 calories, 6 grams of protein, no carbs, and 5 grams of healthy fat. Additionally, they are one of the only foods that provide every essential amino acid needed by the human body along with a plethora of vitamins and minerals including: Vitamin D, Biotin, Lutein, and Choline. They are easy to fix, can be prepared in many different ways, and are delicious!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What about the cholesterol?! Isn’t fat unhealthy?! I definitely need to be limiting my consumption, and I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong.
I’m not telling you to go and eat a pack of eggs a day, but if you enjoy the food, there’s really no reason that you should limit the amount you consume as long as you’re making sure to meet all your dietary needs. Today’s diet culture seems to perpetuate the belief that all fat is evil and that cholesterol should never, under any circumstances be consumed. Yet, a single egg only contains 5 grams of fat, most of which comes from the necessary monounsaturated and polyunsaturated varieties which are extremely important to the body as they regulate hormones, can reduce bodily levels of bad cholesterol, and provide Vitamin E, a vitamin in which most Americans are deficient.
Furthermore, recent research shows that consuming cholesterol from foods such as eggs should not be a source of concern as the overall positive benefits outweigh the potential negative consequences. In fact, the majority of the cholesterol found within the body is largely determined by one’s own genetic code as the liver is responsible for its production and is most largely affected by saturated intake. Therefore, as eggs only contain 1.5 grams of saturated fat, they are not of large concern.
Overall, eggs make a great addition to nearly any healthy diet.