Are Eggs Bad for Your Cholesterol?

Several decades ago we were misled into believing that eggs raised cholesterol levels and people were warned off consuming them.

Broad-range studies (meta-analyses) have revealed that eggs do not have a detrimental impact on cholesterol levels and are actually one of the most healthful foods you can eat.

All eggs are not created equal though:

  1. choose free-range organic where possible.
  2. avoid omega-3 eggs – the hens are fed poor quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. These eggs are also more perishable.
  3. avoid eggs from caged (battery) hens – the hens lead a highly stressed short life which affects the quality of their eggs.

Benefits of fresh, free-range eggs:

a) one egg contains 6g high quality protein

b) they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants in your lens and retina that help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts

c) they are a good source of choline – a member of the B vitamin family, essential for the nervous system, cardiovascular system and pre-natal brain development

d) they contain vitamin D – one of the few foods that does!

e) they contain sulphur – which promotes healthy hair and nails

Enjoy them poached, scrambled or in an omelette!