Eggs are spoken of as healthy and nutritious as well as full of unhealthy fats that may lead to a number of health issues. Eggs may contain cholesterol and saturated fats but when taken in the right amounts they add health and nutrition to our plate. Eggs give us quality proteins along with potassium, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium and sodium. They also provide vitamin A, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin D, Vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and thiamine. Recent studies have pointed that dietary cholesterol is not a potential health risk for heart diseases, stroke and high BP, so from this point of view it is safe to consume eggs.
Egg Nutrition Facts
One egg provides around 180-300mg of cholesterol, which is present only in the yolk; egg white is cholesterol-free. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for cholesterol intake is 300mg/day, according to ICMR and NIN guidelines. Does that mean we can feast on eggs?! Well, no because eggs are also rich sources of saturated fats, which are implicated in increasing risk of heart ailments.
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How Many Eggs Should You Eat In A Week
As part of a healthy balanced meal, consumption of one egg a day 3-4 times a week is safe for adults. Eggs with bacon, refined flours, high-sugar foods, processed foods that may have trans-fats will obviously cause harm to your overall health and increase your risk of heart diseases and diabetes. Children can consume one egg daily. People who are heart patients or those with high LDL cholesterol need to stick to about 3 eggs a week.
Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Datta Talks About How Eggs Are Good For Your Heart:
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About Rupali DattaRupali Datta is a Clinical Nutritionist and has worked in leading corporate hospitals. She has created and lead teams of professionals to deliver clinical solutions for patients across all medical specialties including critical care. She is a member of the Indian Dietetic Association and Indian Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.