What do you do with all of those eggs when Easter has come and gone? Your cholesterol levels would surely skyrocket if you were to eat them all, right? Think again. Unscramble the preconceived health notions you have about eggs because there’s exciting news — eggs, in moderation, are good for you.
The health benefits of eggs are hard to beat, says Kristen Knuf-Clements, registered dietitian at Renown Health: “After all the Easter egg decorating fun is over, you can rest easy knowing your creations also offer great health benefits, including being a source of high-quality protein.”
- An egg provides approximately 200 milligrams of cholesterol, but eating cholesterol does not automatically lead to high cholesterol in your blood.
- Eggs are an inexpensive source of high-quality protein and contain disease-fighting phytochemicals, including choline, which has been linked to preserving memory.
- They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which are linked to good vision and also are considered antioxidants which help fight inflammation.
So how many eggs can you eat and still be in the healthy range? One size does not fit all, Knuf-Clements explains. Eating an egg two to three times per week is likely fine as each egg provides approximately five grams of total fat but only 1.5 grams of saturated fat, which is reasonable. “The problem for some people is that eggs are often consumed with other high fat foods such as bacon, sausage, cheese and fried hash browns,” she says.