Everyone at one time or another has heard, that eggs are bad for you and are high in cholesterol.
Years ago, professionals in the medical field, learned that high cholesterol was associated with heart disease, foods high in cholesterol were thought to be the leading cause of unhealthy blood cholesterol.
Now, about 25 years later those same medical professionals, have discovered that cholesterol in food is not the root cause for heart disease. But the question still remains-are eggs high in cholesterol?
The answer is yes, it is true, eggs are high in cholesterol, about 200mg per egg. But, they are not bad for you or your cholesterol levels. Eating eggs does not necessarily cause a spike in human cholesterol, as a matter of fact the body needs cholesterol to be able to produce steroid hormones like testosterone, for energy and the building and repairing of cells.
Did you know that the human body makes its own cholesterol? It is produced in the liver. The liver makes 3-6 times more cholesterol than what you would get by eating eggs.
By now you must be wondering – what about fat? Aren’t eggs high in fat?
The answer is yes. Eggs are fairly high in fat, about 5g of fat per egg, 2g of that fat is saturated leaving the remaining 3g as unsaturated fat. This
is the ideal dietary ratio of fat needed, 1:1, making the egg almost a perfect source of fat.
Now if you are working on cutting back calories or have been instructed by your doctor to cut back on certain foods- you can cut back on some of the yolks. But, with that said, yolks do have benefits of their own.
The egg yolk is full vitamins A, B6, B12, D, and E. Vitamin D is especially important since most people are vitamin D deficient. Eggs are one of the only foods that provide vitamin D.
Whole eggs (with yolk), are a great source of lean protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Whole eggs contain 7 grams of high quality protein. They also contain other very important nutrients, such as riboflavin, folate, and choline.
As mentioned before, eggs aid the body in the production of testosterone, which aids with energy levels and helps build muscle. The saturated fat and cholesterol is present in both the egg white and egg yolk, which makes them a healthy meal or snack.
Remember! Eggs are not bad for you. Eggs are delicious, satisfying, full of vitamins and minerals, and of the highest quality protein known. Eggs will make you stronger and healthier, So go ahead have an egg and the yolk too!!!!