When it comes to breakfast foods, eggs are still at the top of the list. They’re readily available, quick to make, and easy on the wallet. And for most, they’re a staple of a healthy diet. But what about high cholesterol?
Those who decry the goodness of the egg point to its high cholesterol content. However, there are proven health benefits to the 212mg of cholesterol in every large, egg yolk.
In a random, single-blind test, participants were instructed to eat three whole eggs per day and to reduce carbohydrate intake for twelve weeks. The outcome? Higher HDL, good cholesterol, which had a positive effect on insulin resistance.
In a controlled study, of those attempting to lose weight, each was told to eat one to three eggs per day. All participants lost weight and maintained or lowered their LDL cholesterol levels.
In an observational study of over 9,000 adults, those who ate more than six eggs per weeks had no significant difference in stroke or cardiovascular disease than those who consumed less than six or no eggs at all. However, participants with diabetes, who ate more than six per week, seemed to increase their risk of coronary artery disease.
What about vitamins and minerals?
The yolk of one egg is packed with vitamins, minerals, and proteins. There you’ll find vitamin A and vitamins B2, B5, and B12. You’ll get 22% of the recommended daily allowance of selenium, a trace mineral necessary for brain function and a healthy immune system. And small amounts of calcium, iron, and potassium.
Unless otherwise advised by our doctors, we can enjoy the humble egg as an ongoing part of a healthy diet. Our grandchildren can benefit as well. Eggs aid in the growth and development of cells. And Happy cells make a happy body.
If your grandkids aren’t allergic to eggs, help them explore ways to enjoy them. They may like the old-style scrambled drizzled with ketchup. If you must sneak them in, finely chop and toss them into salads like potato and tuna.
Eggs are one of the most studied foods of all times. And they’ve been on our tables for even longer. With good reason.