True or False: Are Eggs Risky for Your Health?

Some things never change, while other things change over and over again. When it comes to health science, it often feels like the most reliable line of thinking is the expectation that everything you once believed to be true about taking care of your body could change at any moment.

Take, for example, the incredible, edible egg. First they’re good and then they’re not. According to the latest research, eggs are good for you — again.

Eggs Cause Heart Disease? That’s Yesterday’s News.

It may be true that eggs contain a higher than average amount of cholesterol, but this doesn’t actually translate to an increased risk of heart disease. Instead, health experts believe that most healthy adults can eat up to seven eggs a day without negative health consequences.

The more important thing is avoiding foods high in trans fats and saturated fats. These foods do have a seriously negative effect on health, including an increased risk of heart disease. Examples of foods to avoid include:

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  • Baked goods, especially those that include partially hydrogenated oils or shortenings
  • Fried foods, especially from fast food restaurants
  • Potato chips and other snack foods
  • Foods made with refrigerated dough, like canned biscuits
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  • Non-dairy creamers
  • Margarine
  • Microwave popcorn

Eggs Are More Than OK for Your Heart

Let’s take things a step further — this 2018 study in the journal Heart suggests that eggs are so much more than just OK for the heart. Gathering information from multiple studies, researchers compiled a data set from more than half a million Chinese adults between the ages of 30 and 79.

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Based on self-reporting, researchers determined that daily consumption of eggs didn’t increase participants’ likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Eating eggs every day was actually associated with a lower risk of heart disease thanks to their high protein content and other nutrients, like vitamin D and choline, which is great for your metabolism). Consider this permission to eat eggs again!

Make Eggs a Part of Your Everyday Diet

Scramble them, hard-boil them or fry them — whatever it takes to eat a few eggs each week. A word of caution: While eggs and bacon certainly seem like the perfect pair, don’t let your newfound devotion to a daily egg put you at risk. Pair your eggs with whole grain toast, fruit, sliced tomatoes or dark, leafy greens, and skip eating processed meats for breakfast.

~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!

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