Heart Healthy Whole Eggs

heart healthy eggsWhole eggs are in!!

Gone are the days of only eating egg whites so go ahead, eat the yolks. Studies show that other diet and lifestyle factors are more strongly linked to heart disease and strokes.  Reducing sugar and refined carbs, including fiber rich foods, choosing vegetables good fats and prioritizing fitness are valuable for losing weight and lowering health risks.

Recent studies show that eating eggs daily does not impose risk even in adults with heart disease. Truth be told, eggs, with the yolks, are one of nature’s perfect foods. They contain healthy protein, good fats and are full of essential vitamins and minerals. They are one of the few food sources of vitamin D but also contain B vitamins, vitamins A and E, selenium, zinc, choline, phosphorus and iron. Eggs also are high in antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. But, you may ask, “What about all of the cholesterol in whole eggs?” Not to worry, you can eat approximately 7 eggs per week without raising the cholesterol levels in your blood.

If you only eat egg whites, you are missing out on the most nutritious part of the egg, the yolk. So go ahead, eat the whole egg.

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