Friday, January 26, 2018

Eating 3 Eggs A Day Triples The Good They Can Do for You

Over the past few decades, we've had a complicated relationship with eggs. For a while, it seemed like every month we got a new answer when we asked whether or not they were good for us. At first, the nutrient-rich egg seemed like a no-brainer if you wanted to eat healthier. However, eggs tend to be high in cholesterol so, 20 years ago, eating them seemed like a fast track to heart disease.

All things considered, this constant flip-flopping between eggs being good and bad is pretty understandable. Doctors had to weigh the egg's clear nutritional benefits with the possible risk of heart disease they carried.

Now, it seems like we can stop worrying because 25 years of research has told us that saturated fats have a far more serious effect on blood cholesterol than anything you can find in an egg. For that matter, some research even suggests that you can really get the most out of your eggs if you eat three of them a day.

Today, we're going explore exactly why that is.

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So what's so great about eggs?

Their biggest boon is that they're protein superheroes. Just one can provide 10 percent of your daily recommended protein. And eggs are also a good source of iron, B vitamin, folic acid, and minerals.

They're also one of the leaner sources of protein you'll come across. 

Each one has about 70 to 80 calories and isn't known to be particularly high in fat, while other protein sources like certain meats can load you up with saturated fats.

That's not all eggs can do for you, either.

Some of the nutrients in eggs can reduce the risk of macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness to watch out for as you get older.

If that weren't enough, eggs are a good brain food.

A nutrient in eggs called choline is said to enhance brain development and memory.

Nowadays, the debate isn't over whether we should eat eggs, but rather how many we can safely eat a day. Of course, there's one big question we'll need to answer here.

Why is three the magic number for eggs?

The government's food pyramid recommends two to three servings of protein-rich foods per day. One egg makes up about a third of a serving, so you'll get a whole one if you triple up.

While the American Heart Association recommends limiting your egg consumption to one a day, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found no difference in heart disease risk between those who ate one egg a week and those who ate more than one egg per day.

Sadly, it seems like some confusion still exists.

One study found that those who ate seven or more eggs per week were 23 percent more likely to die.

However, there were a few problems with these results. 

The researchers weren't sure what kind of death their subjects were at risk of.

Eating more than seven eggs a week wasn't linked to increased risks of a heart attack or stroke, so the team was baffled at where that risk was supposed to come from.

Also, it's worth noting that older, heavier, less active men who smoked, had high cholesterol, and had a history of diabetes and high blood pressure tended to eat more eggs. So there's a lot of factors to consider there.

Plus, another study found that whole eggs reduced symptoms for those with metabolic syndrome.

And guess how many eggs per day participants ate during this study?

That's right, three was the magic number yet again.

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