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Dear Barb,

I keep hearing pros and cons about eating eggs. Are eggs bad for you? I eat two a day – one for breakfast and one hard boiled egg after my workout, which makes me feel so revived and less hungry and keeps me from eating junk food before I have dinner. What’s the real truth about eggs?

Signed,
Egg Enthusiast

 

Dear Egg Enthusiast

For years, people have feared eggs due to their saturated fat and cholesterol content, giving rise to its bad-for-your-heart reputation. Now, new research from Australia is shedding more light on a question that’s been surprisingly difficult for science to answer. There was a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where researchers had 128 people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes eat eggs for three months. One group had 12 eggs per week, one group had less than two per week. After following up for up to a year, they found there was no difference in cardiovascular risk factors.

Most dietitians and doctors say eggs are okay to eat in moderation. Since your body doesn’t make enough choline on its own, eggs are one of the best ways to sneak it into your diet.

You probably don’t hear much about choline, but your body needs this essential nutrient to function properly. Choline plays a crucial role in your brain development and function; memory, metabolism, and mood, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Most adult women need at least 425 milligrams of choline per day, and men should aim for 550 milligrams per day. You can find 147 milligrams of choline in just one large hard-boiled egg (most of which is in the yolk).

Your body doesn’t make the antioxidants contained in eggs either, so getting enough of them through your diet is important – fand eggs pack a helpful punch

Your morning scramble probably does more for your overall health than you realize. Eggs are a great swap if you typically load up on not-so-great for you breakfast foods, like cereals, bagels, muffins or donuts for breakfast. “The protein that eggs offer make them a filling food and when you feel fuller, you may be less likely to snack and eat extra calories.”

The yolk contains more than 40 percent of its protein, so this could be why it is satisfying for you after a workout. Keep crackin’ and scrambling those eggs!

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