July 21, 2005
No More Cracks About Eggs!
Susan L. Burke, MS, RD/LD, CDE wrote:
Wondering what’s the latest on eggs? Over the past 30 years, health professionals have wavered from touting eggs as “the complete food��? containing great amounts of vitamins, minerals and protein to warning people about eggs as sources of “evil��? cholesterol! What's a concerned dieter to believe?
Cholesterol is not a fat, but a waxy substance only found in animal products. It’s vital for many human bodily functions and is produced in your liver. Cholesterol from food is mostly found in meat and poultry, seafood, dairy and eggs. But dietary cholesterol is not automatically converted to blood cholesterol when you eat it.
In fact, the American Heart Association has recently weighed-in on the side of eggs. They estimate that 2/3 of the population can safely eat an egg a day without any change in blood cholesterol.
What’s known is that each individual reacts to dietary cholesterol differently, and for most, it’s saturated fat that must be avoided to reduce blood cholesterol. Eggs are great sources of protein (mainly found in the egg whites), as well as B vitamins. Eggs are naturally low in sodium.
Don’t forget, the dietary guidelines encourage a balanced meal plan -- and moderation is always the key to good health!
Posted by Lisa at July 21, 2005 10:14 AM
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