I just got back to work today and the first patient I saw who had diabetes and high cholesterol asked me a common question that I usually get from my patients : are eggs healthy to eat ? and if so… how many eggs per week are allowed!
Depending on your risk for heart disease, a healthy meal should contain only 300 mg of cholesterol. If you have diabetes or heart disease, then it is recommended that ones total cholesterol intake per day should be limited to < 200 mg per day.
It is said that the extent to which dietary cholesterol raises blood cholesterol levels isn’t clear. The content of the food on saturated fats and trans fats will have a greater impact than dietary cholesterol in raising blood cholesterol. Thus when buying foods in the market… look at the food label and analyze not only the cholesterol content but also the amount of saturated fat in them.
Eating one egg with the egg yolk contributes 213 mg of cholesterol to your daily requirement. It is therefore rich in cholesterol and should be eaten in very limited quantity whether you are at risk for heart disease or not. However, an egg can still be included in your meal plan provided that other sources of cholesterol like those from meat or other diary products should be limited.
Eating egg whites with an egg substitute is one good way to avoid cholesterol from eggs because egg whites do not contain cholesterol.
One other tip regarding food safety in keeping your eggs is to store them in a refrigerator. This is recommended to avoid Salmonella contamination which can happen whether the shell is broken or not.
So… the next time you enjoy eggs for breakfast…
Think Cholesterol… Limit The
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
An Updated Article was written on this Subject: Can I Eat Egss Everyday? Yes You Can written March of 2009.