A Dozen Eggs a Week has No Impact on Heart Health
What’s for breakfast? If you’re trying to keep your heart healthy or you’re trying to improve heart health, you might think your breakfast menu has to consist of bran flakes and steel-cut oats. Both are high-fiber options that help control cholesterol and support heart health.
But what if you feel like having something different for breakfast? No, not donuts or a candy bar washed down with an energy drink. You’re hungry for eggs. If you think eggs are off limits because they’re high in cholesterol and could raise your risk for heart disease, you’re not alone. But it’s one of those urban myths, legends or pieces of misinformation that keep going around.
Eating eggs won’t put your heart health at risk. In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers wanted to find out if eating eggs does have an impact on heart health. So they followed 128 people trying to lose weight for a year. One group ate up to a dozen eggs a week as part of their diet. Another group ate only two eggs a week or less as part of their diet. After looking at the year-long data, researchers noticed something interesting. Both groups managed to lose about the same amount of weight.
So do eggs increase cholesterol? Researchers also found that high or low egg consumption had no impact on:
- Blood sugar
- Blood pressure
- Risk for heart disease
Want some eggs? Heat up the stove, crack open a couple of eggs, and cook them up anyway you like: scrambled, sunnyside, poached, or boiled. Or if you want to make cooking eggs even easier, check out these complete meals.