How Healthy Are Eggs? Here’s What Science Says About It
Eggs are a regular part of our lives and can be found on the menu of most fast food places or sit-down restaurants. There are important questions that many people still don’t have the answers for: Are eggs bad for your cholesterol? Are the whites or the yolk the healthy part? Should organic be your go-to for eggs?
These days there are not a whole lot of excuses for being misinformed about things. When it comes to a simple food like egg, there are many resources that can help people incorporate eggs into their diets. But how healthy are eggs, really?
When it comes to the cholesterol, eggs have a little over half of the recommended daily cholesterol intake. That being said, the egg yolk possesses many of the small white object’s nutritional content like lutein, zeaxanthin, iron, folate, and vitamins. And the egg whites?
“For one, your omelets will be more delicious when you include the yolk,” says one expert. “But you’re losing almost half the amount of protein in the egg when you ditch the yolk. You’re also missing out on those essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins D, E, A, choline, and antioxidants.”
As for the cholesterol issue caused by over-consumption? It’s not as bad as you would think. Research has found consuming up to one egg a day may actually help lower one’s risk of heart disease and stroke. This is likely thanks to the HDL cholesterol content each one has.
When it comes to purchasing organic eggs, it’s more for the environment and the animals than it is your health.
Earlier in 2018, more than 100 million eggs were recalled because of a Salmonella outbreak. Experts say the risk of contracting such poisoning for eggs is very low, but still, have words of advice for those who are worried: “The best way to avoid food poisoning is to cook eggs to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter and following other basic food safety practices.”
What is your favorite way to eat the incredible, edible, egg?