Health benefits of eggs


It’s OK To Eat Eggs—Enjoy!

For more than 30 years, I’ve been telling my heart patients—and anyone who was vulnerable to cardiac disease and hardening of the arteries—to avoid eating eggs. In so doing, I was following the advice of the medical establishment and nutritional scientists. Their logic was that, since the plaques that narrow arteries in the heart, brain and elsewhere contain cholesterol, it made sense to avoid cholesterol-rich foods. One egg contains 212mg of cholesterol. That’s a lot—especially considering that the daily upper limit of cholesterol consumption is just 300mg a day.

However, now we’ve learned that the cholesterol we eat has very little effect on its level in the blood. What’s more important is how much saturated fats and trans-fatty acids we consume. (Eggs may have taken a bad rap because of the other foods people eat with them, such as sausages, ham, butter and margarine.) So doctors are rethinking their advice about not eating eggs.

Recent data obtained from long-term studies of dietary habits in more than 100,000 men and women have shown that one egg a day has no effect on the future development of cardiovascular disease in healthy men and women. (For diabetics, however, it can increase the risk of heart disease.)

Here’s what I tell my patients: If you are healthy and your cholesterol level is normal, eat as many eggs as you like. However, reduce your intake of saturated fats (bacon, red meat, whole milk and other dairy products) and avoid the trans-fatty acids in junk foods, fried foods and potato chips. Eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.

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