Saturday, March 26, 2011

How many eggs should I eat in a week?

"I have a healthy cholesterol level but I'm worried about always eating scrambled eggs on the weekend. How many eggs can a healthy person consume per week?"

"The answer
The concern with eggs has to do with their high cholesterol content – 190 milligrams per one egg.

Nutrition guidelines to keep LDL (bad) blood cholesterol in the desirable range have emphasized limiting dietary cholesterol – abundant in egg yolks, shrimp, liver and duck – to less than 300 milligrams per day. (Elevated LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream is a major risk factor for heart disease.)

Research has shown that eating one egg a day does not boost the risk of heart disease or stroke in healthy adults. That said, research does suggest that people with diabetes are more efficient at absorbing cholesterol from foods than people who don’t have diabetes. 

If you’re healthy, one whole egg a day seems perfectly safe. If you’re a male with diabetes, it’s prudent to limit egg yolks to four per week."

Link to full article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/ask-a-health-expert/ask-a-dietitian/how-many-eggs-should-i-eat-in-a-week/article1924457/

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