An egg a day just may keep the cardiologist away. In yet another surprising finding in the health and nutrition field, the erstwhile vilified egg now is actually good for you. Not only that but, eggs may be good for the one condition they have been vilified for; heart disease.
According to a recent observation study published in the journal Heart, people who eat one egg a day may have lower risk of heart attack or stroke.
The researchers examined health information of almost half a million Chinese adults. They found that people who consumed one egg a day had lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to people who did not consume eggs.
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Frankly, the study does have certain limitations. For one, it was not per se a controlled study on the impact of eggs on the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Secondly, it is not clear as to whether the results would be similar in other parts of the world, especially in the United States where obesity is epidemic. The participants were mostly of healthy weight and without of cardiovascular disease or history of. All the same, some experts feel that the findings could translate to other communities.
An Egg a Day: Good or Bad for Your Health?
The main reason for the demonization of eggs is that they contain high amounts of dietary cholesterol. High cholesterol levels have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and strokes. However, more recent research has been found that dietary cholesterol has little to do with blood cholesterol. Most of the cholesterol in your blood is manufactured by your body in your liver.
In other words, the cholesterol in eggs will not have much impact on your blood cholesterol levels. We have little control, if any, of our blood cholesterol levels.
Also, eggs have very little saturated fat (about 1.5 grams in a large egg). They also give your body vital nutrients including good quality protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
While in the past – like over a decade ago – I used to eat only egg whites, now I eat whole eggs as I found out this is where the real power of the egg lies. (Plus, whole eggs taste better.) And it’s good to know that this doesn’t impact my cholesterol levels as previously thought. An egg a day just might do you good.