Eggs have gotten a bad rap. And now there’s proof. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and other research studies show that eggs do not have as much cholesterol as we thought. What’s more, research is showing that eggs may not contribute to the amount of fat in your blood. AND new dietary guidelines from the USDA show that with the lowered cholesterol in eggs, the average adult can eat up to two delicious ovoids every day!
Why has our information changed? There are two reasons. One is that the type of feed chickens are given has changed and is less fatty. While it is true that we are what we eat, so it is with other animals as well. The other reason involves the improvements in science. Over time, not only has technology improved but we have collected more information from more people.
Dr. David Katz of the Yale University Prevention Research Center points out that if we remove eggs from our diets, we could be adding in worse things, like increased amounts of meat, salt, sugar and fat. What’s more, eggs contain concentrated amounts of vital nutrients.
So, how much egg can you eat? A lot depends on your diet. The new dietary guidelines from the USDA recommends limiting the consumption of cholesterol in your diet be limited to 300 mg per day at most. The average large egg contains 185 mg of cholesterol. If you eat a low fat diet, you can probably add in at least an egg a day if you want. Personally, I think three to four eggs per week is probably a good amount. Eggs are a great source of protein and Vitamin D. In fact, eggs contain the highest quality protein most of us eat.
Don’t be afraid to put eggs in your eating plan. The evidence shows not only is it less harmful than we thought, the benefits may outweigh the problems.