Cholesterol Advice

Eggs And Cholesterol


While certain studies have linked eggs with improved health; others have associated them with specific medical conditions. As most of us are aware; high blood cholesterol has been associated with heart disease, and thus, eggs, with their high cholesterol content are deemed to be injurious to your heart health as well. However, the pros of having an egg may mitigate the alleged risks associated with it. Here's more.

Recent studies have been pointing towards saturated and Trans fats, as primary cholesterol increasing culprits. An egg, on the other hand, is considered to be a more health boosting food. However, research has also revealed that about one third of the population in the U.S. is indeed sensitive to the cholesterol present in eggs and therefore, is recommended to cut down on their intake of this particular food.

This does not apply to those who are not sensitive to the egg yolk cholesterol though. In fact, studies show that people who had eggs every day, actually exhibited decreased levels of cholesterol when checked. There was also a slight reduction in the levels of LDL or bad Cholesterol and triglyceride. On the other hand, HDL or good cholesterol levels were significantly increased.

However, these results should not be looked upon as license to enjoy six egg omelets a day. Most health professionals recommend a maximum of four eggs a week to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. You should also factor in the number of eggs that are used in prepared food for a more accurate calculation of your egg intake.

Now, while high cholesterol content is supposed to be the worst attribute of an egg; there are several qualities that make this food stand out as a health enhancer. The egg is a cheap source of protein and is also low in saturated fats. What's more, this easily digestible food provides you with several essential nutrients such as folic acid, iron, phosphorous, riboflavin and vitamins A, D and B12.

It would be prudent to specifically cut down on your egg yolk intake if you wish to protect your heart. After all, it is the yolk that contains the most cholesterol. Alternatively, the whites have more protein content and therefore, can be used more freely.

Incorporating eggs into a low fat diet could also help you reap several benefits. These include body weight reduction, increased insulin sensitivity, increased adiponectin (a hormone that fights atherosclerosis) and reduced C active protein which serves as a marker of arterial inflammation.

However, beware of the food poison causing Salmonella bacteria found in eggs. Always remember to cook them at a minimum of 160 degrees F to destroy any present organism. Try and avoid using raw eggs as well. You may even try using egg supplements as replacement for the same.

So, if you've been an egg lover all your life; don't give up on them now. The many healthy benefits of this miracle food can overshadow any of the supposed cons of the same.