Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse that have had some controversy surrounding them through the years. Some information that is spread about them is out of date or has been called into question by recent research.
Myths About Eggs:
1. Egg yolks are bad for you: Past medical reports about eggs touted the high levels of cholesterol that egg yolks have. With concerns about high cholesterol levels abounding, it’s easy to see why they became demonized. However, research is showing that eating whole eggs is not harmful like people used to think.3 Also, the egg yolks contain half of an egg’s protein and have nutrients that are not found in egg whites (heart.org).
2. Eggs should only be eaten a few times a week: This was an old-school heart health guideline. Research over the years has shown that this guideline is unnecessary. The American Heart Association and new medical research state that one whole egg a day can be part of a healthy diet (Qin, heart.org)
3. Brown and white eggs are nutritionally different: Not at all. There are different shell colors because they are laid by different species. There is no scientific evidence to support the idea of nutritional differences.
Eggs are low in calories and pack a lot of protein and other essential nutrients. Unless there is a medical issue involved, it is usually ok to have eggs in your diet. If you have concerns, speak to your healthcare professional.
1.) Qin, Chenxi, et al. “Associations of Egg Consumption with Cardiovascular Disease in a Cohort Study of 0.5 Million Chinese Adults.” Heart, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and British Cardiovascular Society, 19 May 2018, heart.bmj.com/content/early/2018/04/17/heartjnl-2017-312651.
2.) “Suggested Servings from Each Food Group.” Www.heart.org, www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/suggested-servings-from-each-food-group.
3.) “Are Eggs Good for You or Not?” Www.heart.org, www.heart.org/en/news/2018/08/15/are-eggs-good-for-you-or-not.