Eggs are one of the most nutritious food you can eat. One
medium sized egg contains approximately 75 calories, 6.25
grams of protein, and 220 milligrams of cholesterol. It also
contains large amount of vitamins, minerals, macro and micronutrients
(including: carotenoids, choline, betaine, and many others).
In one small, compact package, eggs are excellent at providing
our bodies with essential amino acids.
Why then have eggs had such a poor reputation in recent years?
Well, it is true that eggs contain fat and cholesterol, and
for some people adding eggs to the diet should only be made
in moderation and with approval from their doctors. Why? Because
there are two types of cholesterol. The first is dietary cholesterol
(commonly found in food) and the second blood cholesterol
(commonly found in our bodies.) For most people, 300 milligrams
of dietary cholesterol (amount recommended by American Heart
Association) a day doesn’t have a detrimental effect
on their blood cholesterol levels. However, for some people
dietary cholesterol increases their blood cholesterol levels.
Therefore, it is important to know exactly how many milligrams
of cholesterol that you can safely consume without negatively
affecting your blood cholesterol levels.
So, if your doctor agrees your health won't be negatively
impacted, there is no need to avoid eating eggs, as eggs provide
us with nutrients that our body needs to function. If, however,
you’re one of those people whose blood cholesterol levels
increase based on the amount of dietary cholesterol you consume
and for health reasons, you aren't allowed to consume more
than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day, you probably
don’t have to limit eggs altogether, you can just eat
the egg whites (as they are cholesterol free!) and find comfort
in knowing that you’ll still receive many of the health
benefits of eating eggs.