Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Truth About Eggs

For years people believed that eating eggs will increase your cholesterol.  However not all cholesterol is created the same, and eggs may not increase ones risk of cardiovascular disease as previously thought. 

In the past individuals were told to consume no more than two to four eggs a week due to the high cholesterol found in eggs. Recent studies found that cholesterol intake actually does not effect the amount of cholesterol in your blood.  It is also does not increase the risk of coronary heart disease, heart attach, or chest pain as previously thought.  A study found that individuals who consume at least 2 eggs a day for 12 weeks did not have a change in blood lipids.  Some studies actually found that eggs actually increases HDL, the good fats in your body, and showed improvements in triglyceride concentrations in the blood.   Studies also showed that eating eggs fro breakfast rather than a carbohydrate rich breakfast has been associated with decrease in weight.  

Eggs contain main great nutrients including lutein and zeaxanthin which are antioxidants that protect against lipid oxidations.  Eggs also contain carotene which is the precursor of Vitamin A.

Clayton Z, Fusco E.  All cholesterol is not created Equal: A review of egg consumption and heart health.  SCAN's Pulse. 34(2): 6-9.

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