It’s a common misconception that eggs are loaded with cholesterol and increase the risk for heart disease, or that people with a weak heart and history of high blood should keep away. It’s understandable to be worried about your health and cut out unhealthy food, but eggs aren’t unhealthy at all!
One large chicken egg contains 212mg of cholesterol, but dietary sources of cholesterol actually have a minimal effect on cholesterol levels in the blood.
Even if the food is high in cholesterol, the cholesterol levels in your blood won’t increase dramatically because of it. Actually, your liver produces cholesterol, and will produce less if you consume more cholesterol from food.
What’s really surprising is that many studies have shown that eggs actually improve your cholesterol!
Eggs boost the “good cholesterol” (HDL), and tend to change the “bad cholesterol” (LDL) into a subtype that isn’t as strongly associated with increased risk of heart disease. That’s a relief to everyone who loves eggs but has a history of heart disease!
Multiple studies have examined how eating more eggs affects people at risk of heart disease and found out that there is no association between the two. Instead, they found that eggs have more health benefits! One study discovered that eating three whole eggs per day reduces insulin resistance, and increases good cholesterol levels.
But studies do show an increased risk of heart disease in people with diabetes. This needs more research to be confirmed, but all the same if you are not sure if you should include it in your regular diet, be sure to ask your physician first!