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The Truth About Eggs: Cholesterol Bomb or Nutritional Gems?

Scared to eat eggs because you’re scared of cholesterol? Don’t be. Like every other food, if eaten in moderation combined with a healthy diet, the enormous health benefits that come from eating eggs is much greater than worrying about a little cholesterol (which, as I’ll explain later, isn’t that big of a deal).

So what’s so great about eggs?

Heard of good cholesterol?

While eggs are high in cholesterol, they don’t adversely affect blood cholesterol. What eggs are high in is HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein), which is often known as “good” cholesterol. In fact, people who have high levels of HDL tend to have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems normally associated with high blood cholesterol.

Vitamins!

Eggs are high in the following vitamins:

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): helps your body break food down into energy
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin): important for producing red blood cells
Vitamin A (retinol): helps maintain eye health
Vitamin E (tocopherol): helps to fight off free radicals to protect against cell damage (i.e. helps fight cancer)

Low calorie, high in protein

A study by Rochester Center for Obesity Research found that by eating eggs daily will help limit calorie intake by as much as 400 every day. So not only are eggs low in calories (at ~70 cal per), they can keep you full for longer, and are much easier and faster to prepare compared to meat. Too good to be true? Happy to say: Nope!

Prevent breast cancer

Studies done by Harvard University found that eating eggs as a teen could help prevent breast cancer as an adult. They also found that women who ate 6 eggs a week have 44% lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who ate fewer eggs every week. Another study by the University of North Carolina found that the choline in egg yolks can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 24%. So when eating eggs, don’t only go for egg whites! It’s worth it!

With all these health benefits, I think it’s safe to say that the nutritional value of eating eggs (in moderation!) far outweighs fears of cholesterol or of the minimal risk of contracting salmonella (which, let’s be honest, is a risk whenever eating animal proteins).

Kaitlyn L.

Kaitlyn L.

Kaitlyn is a blogger and professional writer. While specializing in health and relationship topics, she also writes articles on a variety of topics, including culture, food, technology, and politics. Her written work can be found on pilcrowmagazine.com and newbiechef.wordpress.com.