I love eggs. I’ve never met one single person who did not like eggs (probably only the yolk). I mean, just look at our Liu Sha (salted egg yolk) and eggs benedict craze. Eggs are everywhere, added to ice cream, croissant, Kaya, biscuits. We’re probably eating one everyday without realising it. But how much is too much?
Are eggs healthy?
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YES YES YES! Eggs are very nutritious foods, providing 18 vitamins and minerals in one egg. It’s high in protein and vitamins such as vitamin B12, folate, vitamin A, and so on. What’s special about it is that it contains antioxidants such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which helps to reduce the risk of age related eye problems like cataracts.
It’s good for people of all life stages, and it’s such a happy looking food don’t you think?
But what’s the bad rep about eggs?
A couple of years ago, when cholesterol and saturated fat was heavily frowned upon (way before all that gluten free and juice cleanse trends came about), newspapers and health portals told us to avoid the yolks in egg yolk as it is high in cholesterol. They said the cholesterol from yolks would increase our risk of heart disease.
What do scientists say?
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The ‘egg yolk ban’ spiralled lots of research and studies over the years. Back to the present, there is a lack of evidence to show that eggs are bad for us and that it increases our risk of heart disease. A review of many studies done concluded that eggs do not increase the risk of heart disease.
Some studies have shown that eggs increase the good cholesterol, known as HDL cholesterol, in our body, which reduces our risk of heart disease. One study found that having 2 eggs in a day increased HDL cholesterol levels by 10%
How many eggs can I eat?
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According to health authorities, you can safely have an egg a day (unless your doctor told you otherwise). I personally have an egg a day or 2 – 3 when I work out. Interestingly, a 88 year old man with an egg obsession had 25 eggs a day and his cholesterol levels were normal, with no sign of heart disease! But of course, let’s not take things to the extreme.
Which egg should I buy?
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Not all eggs are created equal. Some chickens lay better quality eggs because of the feed it’s given. Choose eggs that are lower in cholesterol and contain omega-3, which is great for brain health.
Best way to eat eggs?
It’s better to have cooked eggs instead of having it raw as it reduces your risk of food poisoning. The healthiest way is to boil, poach, bake, or pan fry it. Remember to watch the amount of oil you add!
Time to feed my egg-y soul
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Because… I love eggs.