The question on the whether eggs are good for you or not has been going back and forth for some time. On the one hand there has been much negative publicity given to eggs and their suspected link to increased cholesterol and heart disease. Others say that eggs are an excellent source protein and vitamins which far outweigh any negative health issues associated with them. So, do we need to worry about our health when we eat eggs?
In recent years, scientist have begun to question if the cholesterol in eggs is as harmful as previously thought. One study in 2013 found that eating one egg per day was not associated with increased risk of heart attack or stroke among healthy people.
If you set aside the question of cholesterol in eggs, it turns out that eggs are an extremely healthy food. Eggs are a good source of high quality protein, vitamin B12 phosphorus and riboflavin. High quality protein helps build muscles and allows people to feel full longer which can help with weight control.
So, the whole question about cholesterol in eggs is based on studies done years ago in which high cholesterol was associated with the development of heart disease. Since eggs do contain cholesterol they were soon assumed to be bad for your heart.
But more recently the attitude towards eggs has changed somewhat. An article in Today’s Dietitian listed egg eating as one of the most common heart-health related myths that nutritionists need to expel. There are still those who look upon eggs negatively, but the tide may be changing in favor of eggs as being a healthy food choice.
All these studies and more have even led to the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee easing longstanding recommendations for cholesterol in February of 2015.
Eggs seem to be winning the fight on whether they are good or bad for us.