How Many Eggs Are Healthy To Eat?
Eggs contain nutrients that support a healthy diet, but they also contain a large amount of cholesterol. Here’s what you need to know.
Eggs are one of the most versatile foods out there ― you can cook them in endless ways, they keep you full for hours and they’re a nutritional powerhouse loaded with protein and other nutrients that protect eye, muscle and bone health.
Despite all these benefits, eggs have gotten a bad reputation at times because of the high cholesterol found in their yolks. The information is confusing: One week the news will tell us eggs are perfectly healthy and the next we’re told to stop eating eggs. To find out how many eggs are healthy to eat, we reached out to medical and nutrition experts to help clear up some of the confusion.
Can eggs be part of a healthy diet?
If you’re generally in good health and don’t have heart disease or high cholesterol, eggs can be part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. Eggs are good for us for a lot of different reasons ― they’re unprocessed, rich in protein, low in calories and contain healthy fats and other nutrients.
“One egg provides 6 grams of protein ― about the amount found in an ounce of beef, turkey, chicken or fish ― along with other nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and small amounts of iron and vitamin D, all for only 77 calories,” said Lisa Diewald, a registered dietitian and program manager at Villanova University’s MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education.