Over the past few decades there’s been a lot of back and forth on the questions, are eggs healthy? Can they be part of a healthy diet? Is it acceptable to eat them on a daily basis? One day you hear eggs are bad for you; don’t eat them.
The next you hear they’re packed with nutrients that no one can afford to be without. It’s enough to make you decide to skip them altogether rather than deal with the uncertainty. The truth is that eggs really are good for everyone... there are just some people who need to watch their intake if they meet certain criteria.
Are Eggs Healthy or Not?
As a source of nutrition, eggs are very hard to beat. They offer approximately 6 grams of high-quality protein, high levels of vitamin A, E, folate and potassium and only 70 calories in a single egg. They do contain about 180 mg of cholesterol in a single egg. Professionals previously to agreed that daily cholesterol intake should total no more than 300 mg. However in 2016 studies updated their findings and removed the 300 mg recommended daily limits.
The focus on cholesterol was updated in large part due to how it is broken down as it reaches your digestive system and is absorbed in contrast to saturated fats. It becomes important to watch other sources of saturated fats in combination with cholesterol in an early meal like breakfast.
If someone has a cholesterol problem (either high total cholesterol or high HDL cholesterol), it is recommended they reduce overall cholesterol and saturated fats from their daily diet. Eggs are good for most people, but not all people. But even those with high cholesterol can still benefit from the nutritional value of eggs. Egg whites contain zero cholesterol and are still strong sources of healthy protein, potassium and b12.