Common wisdom says that you shouldn’t have eggs every day, because they’re not really that healthy. But what’s the truth according to science? Should you be eating eggs daily?
My love for eggs is something well-known and I could honestly probably have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without batting an eye. But my mom still believes in the old rule that says eating eggs daily is not healthy for you, mostly because of high cholesterol content. To enable my utter addiction to delicious eggs, I decided to find out what science thinks about all this. And so, I investigated.
Changing views on eating eggs daily
For many years, health experts warned people against eating eggs, too, and especially the golden yummy yolks, because they were the ones highest in cholesterol and could threaten the health of our collective hearts. But what about every breakfast? What about baked goods? What about just profoundly disliking the idea of egg white omelets?
It turns out that we know more now than we used to and what we know is that eating eggs daily is better than we thought.
First of all, eggs are loaded with nutritious things, like vitamins, minerals, and protein. They have vitamin E, lutein, selenium, and folate. All of these are crucial in bodily processes – they improve your vision, brain health, and they fight inflammation. The 6 grams of protein per egg aren’t something to ignore, either.
What about all of the cholesterol?
Weirdly, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Eggs have more cholesterol than other foods, about 185 mg in one large egg. But they don’t really raise your body cholesterol levels. That’s what saturated fats do!
The attitude towards eggs and cholesterol is apparent in the U.S. dietary guidelines. They used to recommend no more than 300 mg of dietary cholesterol a day. But that particular recommendation was let go of three years ago.
And the explanation is simple: when you eat cholesterol, your gut breaks it down, it is not absorbed as a whole molecule. Saturated fats are the ones that tend to increase cholesterol levels.