Posted on August 27, 2008
For the longest time, eggs were thought of as a “bad-for-you-food”. In recent years, studies have shown that eggs really aren’t the worst thing in the world to eat, and, in fact, they can be part of a healthy diet.
Eggs do contain relatively high amounts of cholesterol -for which they were thought of as a “bad” food -but also contain high amounts of protein, vitamins and other nutrients that may help lower the risk of heart disease (from here).
Although eggs are high in cholesterol, research shows that most people are more affected by the amount of saturated fat in foods than the amount of cholesterol in foods. This is not a free pass to eat 5 eggs a day, but for most healthy people, eating eggs in moderation, even 1 a day, can be healthy.
One of the keys to taking advantage of the health benefits of eggs is to be careful what we eat them with. Fried eggs alongside sausage, bacon, and toast loaded with butter are not going to be the best options. Even though the egg itself may be healthy, all the saturated fat you are eating with the egg is not going to be great for you.
One thing I love to do with eggs is make omelets with chopped up onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and sometimes a little bit of cheese. I love the fresh taste of the veggies with the eggs.
Next time you are feeling like an egg, go ahead and grab one. You don’t have to feel guilty about eating eggs in moderation anymore.
Egg nutrition breakdown (from ):
1 large egg (raw/fresh) = 71 Calories; 0 g Carbohydrate; 5 g Fat; 2 g Sat. Fat; 6 g Protein; 211 mg Cholesterol
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