– Eggs are among the most
nutritious foods on the planet.
However, they have gotten a bad reputation
because the yolks are high in cholesterol.
So are they safe to eat?
For many decades, people have been advised
to limit their consumption of eggs
because the yolks contain cholesterol.
It was thought that if
you ate cholesterol,
it would raise cholesterol in the blood
and contribute to heart disease,
but that was wrong.
The liver actually produces large amounts
of cholesterol each day.
When we eat more eggs,
the liver just produces
less cholesterol instead,
so it basically evens out.
It appears that the response
to whole egg consumption
depends on the individual though.
In the vast majority of people,
it has no effect on total
or LDL “bad” cholesterol.
The exception is some who
are genetically susceptible,
but even then, it’s debatable
if the cholesterol increase actually
influences heart disease risk or not.
In fact, the 2015 to 2020
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
has dropped the limit
on dietary cholesterol.
The government’s expert panel has now said
that dietary cholesterol is no
longer a nutrient of concern.
How much is too much?
Eating up to three eggs
per day appears to be safe.
Unfortunately, there’s no study showing
people eating more than three eggs per day
or more than 21 eggs per week.
It is possible, although unlikely,
that eating more than three eggs per day
could cause detrimental effects on health.
But more than three per day is really
just uncharted territory, so to speak.
It’s also important to keep in mind
that not all eggs are the same.
They healthiest are Omega-3 enriched eggs,
or eggs from hens that
are raised on pasture.
Now these eggs are much higher in Omega-3s
and important fat-soluble vitamins.
So if you eat three per day, these small
nutritional differences may
start to add up over time.
Overall, the science shows that
eating eggs is perfectly safe.
In fact, you can eat up to three per day.
And it seems that the
have finally caught up
with the science too.
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