Does eating eggs raise cholesterol levels?

Research suggests that eggs can enhance insulin sensitivity, a crucial factor in the pre-diabetic stage. Photo: Shutterstock/Vladislav Noseek

Eggs are a storehouse of protein and other nutrients. But many think that egg yolk can increase the risk of heart disease. While egg yolks mainly consist of protein, the white part is replete with nutrients. Egg yolks are often deemed unhealthy due to their high cholesterol content. Two eggs, including both the white and yolk, contain 411 mg of cholesterol, whereas the same amount of red meat has only 78 mg. Cholesterol, a necessary nutrient for bodily functions, is produced by the liver in significant quantities. Consuming cholesterol-rich foods like eggs prompts the liver to reduce its cholesterol production.

Studies on adults with age-related macular degeneration indicate that daily egg yolk consumption does not significantly alter cholesterol levels. In addition to protein and choline, eggs are rich in omega-3 acids, which lower triglyceride levels, making regular egg consumption safe for heart patients.

Can eggs increase the risk of diabetes?
Research suggests that eggs can enhance insulin sensitivity, a crucial factor in the pre-diabetic stage. Studies have shown that consuming up to seven eggs per week does not heighten the risk of type 2 diabetes.

How many eggs can one consume?
Consuming one to three eggs daily is beneficial for health. But this amount varies from person to person. The quantity of eggs consumed may impact cholesterol levels to some extent.

Health benefits of eggs
• Eating eggs has many health benefits. Eggs aid in hunger control by inducing a sense of fullness.
• They are a source of protein, which boosts metabolic rate and facilitates healthy weight loss.
• The choline in eggs is vital for brain health.
• Lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs offer protection against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

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