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Are Eggs Good For You?

Published 6/10/13

Eggs As Bad as Cigarettes?

There’s no way that eggs are as evil as cigarettes, right? Well, that statement isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. Recent studies have shown that eating eggs might be as bad as smoking cigarettes when it comes to your heart health, but many health professionals think that this comparison is a little extreme. The studies have found that people who are heavy consumers of eggs have high amounts of plaque in their arteries. The amount of plaque in their arteries is similar to cigarette smokers, which is where the comparison that chicken eggs are as bad as cigarettes originated from. These studies are still very fresh and need to be revisited but it does seem that there is some connection between heavy consumption of eggs and bad heart health.

Egg White, Good. Egg Yolk, Bad.

Whole eggs from chickens are high in cholesterol but you should not be worried unless you consume five or more eggs on a weekly basis or you already consume a diet that is high in cholesterol. Research has found no correlation between eating eggs and an increased risk of heart disease when you eat an average of four eggs or less on a weekly basis.

One egg contains about 186 milligrams of cholesterol, which is all found in the egg yolk. So if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels then it is recommended you stay away from the yolk of eggs.

How to Help Combat High Cholesterol

One simple word needed to combat high cholesterol, EXERCISE. Yes, it really is that simple. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme, simply walking or jogging long-distances a couple of times a week over a long period of time can have an amazing impact on your high cholesterol levels.

Don’t Stay Away from Eggs

Just because eggs, specifically the yolk, have high cholesterol does not give you enough reason to nix eggs from your diet all together. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and many necessary vitamins that bring immense benefit to your body and well-being. In moderation, chicken eggs are a perfect part of a balanced diet. However, if you have an existing heart disease or are looking to limit your cholesterol intake, it is recommended that you try your best to avoid egg yolks since that is where all the cholesterol is stored. 

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Charlie
What are your thoughts on egg yolks? I eat raw yolks before the gym every day but have heard this might not be good for you.
4/17/14 10:28pm

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