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Posted on Sep 22, 2019

John Burson Nutritionist

HEALTHY EATING: DEBUNKING THE BAD EGG MYTH

Despite gaining super food status, eggs still have the stigma of being a major contributor to heart disease and diabetes. However, study after study has proven this is not true. Consuming eggs is not only a health risk factor, it is a health enhancer. Nevertheless, I still have several new nutrition clients who balk at the inclusion of eggs in their healthy eating plans. I find myself having to justify my advocacy for this superfood. To understand why the old assumptions are dated, let's look at the facts

Perhaps the only cautionary fact about eggs is they are high in cholesterol. One egg contains more than half of the recommended daily limit. High cholesterol levels can restrict blood flow, resulting in a risk of heart attack or stroke. So, it is understandable to believe that eating eggs can be bad for you. However, it is not that simple because it is an undisputable fact that eggs do not cause heart disease.

Many studies have proven that the dietary cholesterol in eggs does not adversely influence blood cholesterol levels. Plus, eggs increase good cholesterol (HDL) and alter bad cholesterol (LDL). The American Journal of Clinical recently published a study that proves the consumption of 12 eggs a week for 3 months does not increase cardiovascular risks. I usually recommend eating one to two eggs a day to my clients.
In my next post, I will deal with the many health benefits of eating eggs.
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