Previously slated for their high cholesterol content, eggs are now making a bit of a comeback. As one of the the most nutritious foods on the planet we're going to clear up a few cholesterol myths so you can enjoy the natural protein powerhouses guilt free.
What is cholesterol?
The word cholesterol instantly has most peoples minds churning with worries of heart attacks and strokes, but in reality cholesterol is an essential addition to our diet. Cholesterol is required for the production of steroid hormones like testosterone, estrogen and cortisol as well as being a valuable part of each and every cell membrane in your body. Simply, without cholesterol we wouldn’t exist.
One single egg contains 62% of your recommended daily cholesterol allowance but the effect of egg consumption on your cholesterol levels is minimal when compared to the effect of saturated fats and trans-fats. Additionally, with the array of health benefits and nutrients found in eggs, they are ideal addition to a healthy balanced diet.
How many eggs should I eat?
Although there is no official recommended limit on how many eggs we should be eating daily, studies show that it is perfectly safe for you to eat up to 3 eggs per day.
Most healthy people can eat up to 3 eggs a day and see no increase in their risk of heart disease. However, those with diabetes, existing high cholesterol or a heart condition should monitor their egg consumption as they can potentially pose as a health risk.