Eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods available, yet they have also been the subject of much nutrition misinformation over the years. Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about eggs and set the record straight.
- Cholesterol in eggs is harmful: It’s true that eggs contain cholesterol, with one large egg having about 186 mg. However, the relationship between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol levels is not clear cut. Studies have shown that the majority of people can eat eggs without significantly increasing their risk of heart disease.
- Eggs are high in fat: While eggs do contain fat, it’s mostly healthy unsaturated fat. The yolk also contains many important nutrients, including choline, a nutrient important for brain health.
- Eggs should be avoided for weight loss: Eggs are a low calorie and filling food, making them a great option for those trying to lose weight. They are a good source of protein, which helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
- Egg whites are better than yolks: While egg whites are a good source of protein, the yolks contain many important nutrients such as choline, vitamins D, E, and K, and healthy fats.
- Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs: The color of an egg has no impact on its nutritional content. The color of an egg’s shell is determined by the breed of the hen that laid it.
Eggs are a nutritious and versatile food that should not be avoided due to misinformation. It is important to get the facts straight and make informed food choices for optimal health. Enjoy eggs in moderation as part of a balanced diet and talk to a healthcare professional about your individual needs and risk factors.
Written by: Director of Nutrition, Madison Shaw, RDN