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The Truth About Eggs

By Sara Butler

Eggs are one of the most popular foods on the planet -- and for good reason. They're full of good protein and a ton of nutrients your body needs to be healthy. But eggs aren't seen by everyone as good. In fact, there are some ideas about eggs that have been proven false but still persist. Here's what you need to know about eggs so you can enjoy them as a healthy part of your diet.

Is the Cholesterol Bad?

One of the ideas that persist about eggs is the idea that if you have high cholesterol, then foods high in cholesterol (such as the humble egg) need to be avoided in order to keep your heart healthy. Recent studies have shown that eggs don't impact your blood cholesterol levels enough to avoid them. The truth is that the simple sugars, trans fats, and saturated fats you eat have a much larger impact on your cholesterol than foods with dietary cholesterol. Even if you have high cholesterol, you can eat four or five eggs per week and it shouldn't impact you negatively or put you at a higher risk for heart disease.

What About the Yolks?

Another idea that's persisted about eggs is that the yolk should be avoided if you want to make your breakfast light. The truth is that one whole egg only has 72 calories and that yolk you may have spent years avoiding is actually good for you. The fat in eggs helps to keep you satisfied and the yolk is where all the healthy stuff is, such as Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and choline.

Go ahead, enjoy the whole egg.

Are Brown Eggs Better?

Someone on a marketing team somewhere probably decided once to try and sell brown eggs by making them appear healthier than the white variety, but that's not true. There's no nutritional difference between white and brown eggs at all. The color difference is merely the results of a difference in the genes of the chickens. Red and brown chickens lay brown eggs while white chickens lay white eggs. It's really that simple.

Eggs are about as close as you can get to a perfect food. They're really good for you, so don't deprive yourself of these tasty treats in your diet. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner -- maybe even as a snack!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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