Eggs Madonna Fit For WorkWho doesn’t enjoy eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs and toast, or perhaps a hard-boiled egg as a part of a healthy snack? There is a lot of misinformation on eggs. Many people think they aren’t good for you and eggs will raise your cholesterol levels if you eat too many of them. This is false! To find out more information on eggs—check the facts below!

Are eggs good for you?

Yes! Eggs are really good for you—they are full of many different vitamins and minerals. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans consider eggs to be a nutrient dense food and recommend including eggs as a part of a healthy diet. Not only are eggs full of nutrients, they are also an easy, economical, high-quality protein source.

Will eggs raise your cholesterol?

No, over 40 years of research has been completed in this area and the conclusion is that dietary cholesterol consumed (from eggs or other food sources) has a minimal effect on your overall blood lipid cholesterol levels. It has been found that saturated fat intake has a large effect on your cholesterol levels, which would put you at a higher risk for heart disease and heart attacks.

Should I eat the yolk of the egg?

YES! The yolk of the egg contains nearly 40 percent of the protein as well as important vitamins such as Vitamin D, E, & K. Additionally, the yolk contains a large amount of choline—an important nutrient needed for development of the brain (especially in pregnant women), cell function, and memory function.

How many eggs can I eat per day?

There is not an exact recommendation on how many eggs you should eat per day, per week, or per month. But, you should feel comfortable consuming an egg or two per day, as research has suggested that an egg or two a day is not going to be harmful to your health. Additionally, 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest consuming eggs as part of a healthy diet.

What nutrients are found in eggs?

One large egg contains 70 Calories, 5 grams of total fat (1.5 g. Saturated Fat, 3.5 g. Mono/Polyunsaturated fats), 185 mg. cholesterol, 70 mg. sodium, and 6 g. of protein. Additionally, one large egg contains 250 mg. of choline.

Resource: www.eggnutritioncenter.org

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