What is the latest with eggs? Should we eat them or will they raise our cholesterol levels? Do they increase our risk for heart disease? These are the questions I hear from my patients every day, being a dietitian in Centegra’s cardiac rehab program.
Eggs are good for you! The 2010 Dietary Guidelines reported that an egg a day is not related to cardiovascular disease risk and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines draft report states that cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern. Many health organizations worldwide, including the American Heart Association, recommend managing our cholesterol levels by focusing on saturated and trans fats versus dietary cholesterol intake. When you’re reading a food label, don’t concentrate on the milligrams of cholesterol, but rather the saturated and trans fat content.
If you like eggs, you should eat eggs. An egg has many nutritional benefits. It contains Vitamin D and choline, as well as B12 and zinc. Many nutrients such as vitamin A, D, E, K and omega 3 fatty acids are found in the yolk, so don’t throw it away. Of course you know that eggs are high in some of the best-quality protein available. Research has shown that eating protein at breakfast increases your feeling of fullness and can lead to eating less for the rest of the day. All this for only 70 calories and about 15 cents per egg, it’s no surprise why eggs are the incredible, edible food!
Julie Holbrook, MS, RD, LDN, Dietitian Cardiopulmonary Services