You sit down to have your favourite breakfast of eggs and toast every day. But have you ever wondered what is a good number of eggs to have? Dr James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, US, thinks that a higher egg intake is associated with less heart disease, obesity, type 2 disease, and cognitive decline.
He goes on to state in his Instagram post, “Eggs aren’t the enemy. Eggs are nature’s multivitamin. Eggs are healthy.”
A 2023 Nutrients journal published study affirmed that hen’s eggs (from Gallus gallus domesticus) provide choline, folate, vitamin D, iodine, B vitamins and high-quality protein and are no longer viewed by national bodies as a risk factor for hypercholesterolaemia and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yet, questions remain about the benefits and risks of eating eggs regularly.
The study went on to note that eggs are highly nutritious, accessible, and affordable. “The balance of evidence points towards eggs being nutritious, healthy and sustainable, rather than risky,” it read.
To help you re-look at your egg consumption, we break it down with an expert hand.
It is proven beyond doubt that eggs are a nutritious food that can provide several health benefits. They are a good source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, and selenium. Additionally, eggs contain healthy fats and antioxidants that support brain health and eye health.
Dr Samrat Shah, a consultant internist at Bhatia Hospital Mumbai said that generally, it’s considered safe to consume seven eggs per week.
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However, excessive egg consumption may have some side effects.
“Eggs are high in cholesterol, and consuming too much cholesterol can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease for some individuals. It is important to note that the cholesterol in eggs may affect people differently, and some individuals may be more sensitive to dietary cholesterol than others,” explained Dr Shah.
Therefore, it is recommended to consume eggs in moderation as part of a balanced diet and not go overboard. “If you have specific health concerns or conditions, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for personalised advice,” said Dr Shah.
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