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Eggs: friend or foe?

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October 23rd, 2012

Eggs usually get a bad rap. The yolks are high in cholesterol (about 200 mg each), and researchers from University of Western Ontario recently compared eggs to cigarettes as both being similarly harmful to your arteries. In their study, people who ate three or more egg yolks per week had a similar buildup of arterial plaque as people who smoke. On the other hand, a Harvard study showed that people who ate one egg each day did not have an increased risk of heart disease compared to people who ate only one egg each week. And other studies have shown that the pigments in egg yolks may have a preventive effect on macular degeneration.

Incredible, edible egg?

So should you eat eggs or not? They are, after all, a good source of protein and other nutrients, including folic acid and iron. If you are a generally healthy adult, the consensus among the medical community is that eggs, when eaten in moderation, are not harmful and may be included in an otherwise healthful diet. How you prepare your eggs is also a factor boiled or scrambled (using a minimum of oil in the pan) is better than frying. Or you could eat only the egg whites, and eating eggs with healthful foods, such as whole wheat toast, is better than eating them with bacon or sausage. Nevertheless, if you have heart disease risk factors such as smoking, inactivity, a poor diet, or a family history of heart disease, talk to your doctor about how many eggs you can safely eat.

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