Looks like eggs aren’t the Devil after all. They’re back to being incredibly edible.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that after a re-evaluation, eggs have been found to be significantly lower in cholesterol than previously believed—and also quite a bit higher in vitamin D.
The USDA now says it’s okay for healthy adults to eat an average of one to two eggs per day. Even adults with a high risk for heart disease can average an egg a day and meet the new dietary guidelines.
No one quite knows why the numbers have changed so dramatically since they were last studied about a decade ago, but speculation is that it has to do with changes in hens’ diets.
Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, writing for the Huffington Post, suggests that we were probably wrong about the harms of dietary cholesterol in the first place. Over the past decade or so, Katz writes, “many studies have suggested that dietary cholesterol in general, and eggs in particular, do not contribute meaningfully to blood cholesterol levels or cardiac risk.”
He then goes on to comment about the food choices people who have avoided eggs often make instead, such as donuts, Danish, bagels and the like. Increasing the intake of refined starches and added sugars—not a good substitute for the incredible edible egg.
I, for one, say welcome back, eggs. Make mine over easy. Or deviled!
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