A few years ago, many health organizations issued a warning about the high level of cholesterol contained in eggs and people started to avoid them. But the truth is that eggs are among the most nutritious foods on Earth and should be a part of your diet.
Eggs are one of the best sources of protein and provide your body with the whole package of amino acids required for building muscle mass and repairing damaged tissues. Most of people know these facts but are still concearned about the cholesterol levels in the egg yolk.
Let me tell you that an average large egg delivers around 180 mg of cholesterol, while your liver produces anywhere between 1,000 mg to 2,000 mg a day on its own.
When you eat foods that are rich in cholesterol, your liver adjusts itself by decreasing its own production. Therefore the total amount of cholesterol in the body doesn’t change a lot. In addition, eggs contain high amounts of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) which is very important for people who suffer from cardiovascular diseases. This type of cholesterol unclogs the arteries and reduces the risk of heart attacks.
Eggs also contain significant amounts of vitamins and minerals like: Vitamina A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Selenium, Phosphorus and Zinc. If you include them in your diet and eat 2 or 3 eggs daily, you’ll get a lot of benefits.
Studies have shown that eggs are high in lutein – a type of carotenoid that helps prevent macular degeneration and protects the eyesight. They are also rich in iron and you should consume them daily to prevent iron deficiency ( which is characterized by frequent headaches, fatigue and irritability). By eating eggs you can also reduce the risk of breast cancer by 24 percent and you can restore bone and joints health (thanks to vitamin D).
So there are no reasons to avoid eating eggs. You should include them in your daily diet right away and receive all the benefits they provide. There a many tasty recipes so you don’t have to stick to fried or boiled eggs. Mix ’em with greens, chicken or cheese and get the best breakfast you’ve ever eaten.