Avoiding Eggs? Maybe its time to Reconsider!

Protein is hard to come by at breakfast time making eggs an essential breakfast staple. But what about the cholesterol? We have been hearing decades of negative press about eggs and cholesterol with a negative health rap that has been hard to shake. But a recent study sheds new light on eggs and its effect on heart disease and the heart. In this study, participants who consumed 12 eggs per week were compared to a group of people who ate only 2 eggs per week. After three months the 2 groups showed no difference in cardiovascular risk markers. Meaning no adverse effect on heart health was noted despite the fact that participants were diabetic and by definition at risk for heart disease. A follow up of these subject 6 months later showed that they still were comparable in terms of health. One key to the study was that all those included maintained a healthy weight. The authors concluded that eggs can be a part of a heart-healthy diet even in those concerned with heart disease provided that they can maintain their weight

Eating eggs have other bonuses too! Egg yolks, for example, are a good source of choline- a nutrient that is important for healthy brain and neurological development.

Eggs are very low calorie and are a good source of protein. Each egg contains about 7 grams of protein and egg whites have 4 grams of protein. But before you run off for your egg white omelette consider this…

For every 40 calories per egg-white factor in an additional 100 calories per tablespoon of butter and about 230 calories in those cute little ladles they use at the omelette bar. So, consider getting them poached or better yet dine in and make them yourself!

In good health,

Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD

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Dr. Adrienne Youdim

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