On my search for the perfect diet I found that many of them were based on eating eggs.
I don’t mean egg whites but whole eggs.
Are eggs really healthy for us or are they just another source of cholesterol that we could avoid especially when we are trying to lose weight?
I’ve always considered that eliminating some types of aliments from our diet is not healthy and that moderation is the key.
But eating up to three eggs a day for two or more weeks cannot possibly be a wise thing. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 300 mg dietary cholesterol a day. Since an egg has between 180 and 210 mg of cholesterol, a diet based on eggs cannot be very healthy for us.
On the other hand eggs have some qualities that cannot be found in many other aliments:
- Rich in proteins. Diets based on protein consumption are very successful nowadays. This is because proteins help increase the muscular mass which consequently helps burn fats easier.
- Few calories. A regular egg has only about 70 calories. From this point of view they are excellent for low calories diets.
- Rich in essential amino acids like the Omega 3 fatty acid.
- Rich in vitamins like the vitamin A, B2, B6, B9, B12, D, E.
- Rich in minerals. They also contain many minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium or potassium.
- Rich in choline. Choline is one of the nutrients that shouldn’t miss from our diet. It helps our brain develop. Moreover, pregnant women should consume eggs too because the choline found in them helps the baby’s brain development.
With all the nutrients and vitamins eggs contain, they have to be a part of our diet. Moreover, eggs do introduce lots of cholesterol into our diet, but they are low in fats.
How to get rid of the danger cholesterol presents to our health? Well, apparently there is a simple solution: not to eat two or three eggs each day, but rather two or three eggs a week. This way we can enjoy the great taste and the benefits without risking heart diseases or other medical problems connected with a diet rich in cholesterol.
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