Does an Egg a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
Used to be that having an egg a day was bad for your heart and your cholesterol level, right? Well, times have changed. New studies have shown that cholesterol levels in food don’t raise serum cholesterol levels in the majority of people. Many nutritionists now believe that eating eggs in moderation, as part of a healthy and balanced diet can be beneficial to you. This goes for those of you that also have heart disease.
According to Isabel Maples, MEd, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “People are confused. They want to eat eggs, but they aren’t sure if they should eat eggs – particularly if they already have heart disease. But people definitely can enjoy eggs as part of a healthy diet.”
Interestingly, the American Heart Association (AHA) has even changed its stance regarding egg consumption. Previously, the AHA recommended limiting egg consumption to three per week. Now, the AHA recommends one whole egg per day or seven eggs per week.
As we know, eggs can have many varieties - from size (small to jumbo), to color (brown or white), to omega-3 content and whether they are vegetarian, organic or laid by free-range chickens. With all of these options, choosing the best egg might be confusing. Per Maples, “The basic egg is still a great choice. However, if you like the flavor (or something else about a specialty egg) and can afford them, then go ahead.”
Did you know?
Brown eggs are not necessarily healthier than white eggs? They are just laid by a different breed of chicken.
One breakfast tip I’ve found extremely satisfying and delicious is pairing one egg with whole-grain avocado toast.
In health and happiness,
- Dr. Diana