Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
New Delhi: When it comes to breakfast, eggs are a good choice. Yes, it's true that egg yolks have a lot of cholesterol, but eggs also contain a large amount of proteins and other essential nutrients.
However, many of us are not sure whether we can have eggs daily due to their saturated fat and cholesterol content.
While the science is not entirely clear yet on how many eggs people should eat, it is believed that they can be eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
In fact, a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that eating one egg a day was not associated with an increase in heart risks.
For years, we have heard that cholesterol intake should be kept to a bare minimum to decrease blood cholesterol levels and promote overall health. But, research has shown that for most people, cholesterol in food has a much smaller effect on blood levels of total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol than does the mix of fats in the diet.
But, individuals who have difficulty controlling their total and LDL cholesterol should be cautious about eating egg yolks.
The liver produces cholesterol since it's not always possible to get cholesterol from the diet. Hence, when we consume alot of cholesterol-rich foods, the liver produces less cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a very important part of the body, involved in making steroid hormones like testosterone, estrogen and cortisol.
Healthy ways to eat eggs -
- Do not add salt to eggs as this will keep the amount of sodium in your diet at the recommended level.
- Eggs can be eaten as - hard-boiled or poached, scrambled (without butter).
- To get all the nutrients without extra fat or calories, look for cooking methods that use less fat.
- Avoid high-calorie toppings.
- When ready, serve immediately.