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Are Eggs Healthy?

We know that eggs are a great quick source of protein, but they're not so good if you're watching your cholesterol. Just how many eggs a week should you eat?

Eating one egg per day does not increase a healthy person's risk of heart disease or stroke, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

These findings don't apply to Type II diabetic individuals - Type II diabetics who eat at least 1 egg per day double their risk for heart disease compared with Type II diabetics consuming less than one egg per week.

So why isn't daily egg consumption harmful to the cardiovascular health of healthy adults? Despite their high cholesterol content, eggs contain substantial amounts of healthy nutrients. The small adverse affect of cholesterol in an egg is counterbalanced by the effects of other nutrients including antioxidants, folate, and other B vitamins.

Fit's Tips: The American Heart Association recommends no more than 300 mg a day of cholesterol - about the amount found in 1 egg, so try not to eat your egg with bacon, sausage and butter.

For fun, try a square egg - they're just as good as the round ones.

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Fitness Fitness 10 years
An egg provides about 7 grams of protein, half comes from the white, and half from the yolk. Depending on your height, age, weight and activity level, men need around 60 grams of protein and women need about 50. To get your daily recommended doses of protein, make sure you include protein-rich dairy products, beans, nuts and lean meats throughout your day.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Thanks Fit! I never eat the yolks anyway.
Arthur Arthur 10 years
So if I need to 2600 calories a day and I have one egg for breakfast, is that enough protein, or do I need more?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
BlondeSugar - egg whites and yolks have lots of protein. The yolk has fats, while the whites don't. Eating egg whites is great if you worry about having high cholesterol.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Mmm - eggs are nothing without some melted cheese.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I have 2-3 egg white for breakfast every morning. I don't think there's anything to be concerned about. Right, fit?!
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
what about egg whites i usually have a couple every day i know he thinks you're fine and stuff but does he know how to wind you up?
DStirk DStirk 10 years
I love eggs as long as they are not runny AT ALL!
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