How many eggs can you eat a day? Are they loaded with cholesterol? We find the answers for you.
They have their very own celebration day, and Dean Martin wrote a song about them. But as much as we love eggs, people seem confused and uncertain about their health benefits.
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One large egg, according to the BBC, contains the following:
|78 calories||6.3g protein||5.3g fat||1.6g saturated fat||212mg cholesterol|
Both the white and the yolk also provide an abundance of nutrients, including:
As well as containing a wealth of nutritional benefits, they’re easy to prepare, and you can cook them in so many different ways. So it’s no surprise they’re such a popular breakfast dish, meal addition, or snack!
This is a common preconception many people have. While eggs are relatively high in cholesterol – with research showing that a medium egg contains a third (100mg) of the recommended daily limit – the amount is much lower than it was 10 years ago. This is due to changes in hen feed following the British Salmonella crisis of the late eighties.
The British Heart Foundation states:
For most healthy people, cholesterol in food, such as eggs, has a much smaller effect on blood levels of total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol, especially when compared with the much greater and more harmful effects of saturated fatty acids found in foods such as butter and fatty meat.
This suggests that worries over eggs containing harmful levels of cholesterol are more of a social preconception after they received a barrage of negative media attention. And that attention revolved around the risk of salmonella, which leads us nicely onto the next question…
If you’ve been watching the news recently, you’ll already know the answer to this question.
But if you haven’t, then the Food Standards Agency has announced that ‘Lion Mark’ eggs – which include the majority of the eggs produced in the UK – are virtually salmonella-free.
The Food Standards Agency’s Heather Hancock told the BBC:
“The risk of salmonella is now so low you needn’t worry. And that’s true whether you’re a fit healthy adult, or whether you’re pregnant or elderly or young. It’s only people on strictly medically supervised diets who need to avoid those eggs.”
So now you’ve discovered that eggs contain a low risk of cholesterol and salmonella, how much can you actually eat per day?
First and foremost, it’s crucial you make sure the eggs you’ve bought are in date. Otherwise, you could be in for a very unpleasant – and a very rotten – surprise.
But the truth is – whether you boil them and add them to a salad, or you scramble or poach them for breakfast – there’s no longer a recommended amount, or a limit to how many you should eat.
The British Heart Foundation cites research that found moderate egg consumption doesn’t increase heart disease risk in healthy individuals, and that they can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, varied diet.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this baked egg & garlic sweet potato recipe.
So there you have it – the truth about eggs, and great news if you already enjoy them as part of a varied diet and healthy lifestyle.