Egg yolks and whole eggs store significant amounts of protein and choline, and are widely used in cookery. Due to their protein content, the United States Department of Agriculture categorizes eggs as Meats within the Food Guide Pyramid.
The United States table egg production totaled 7.67 billion during October 2017.
Despite the nutritional value of eggs, there are some potential health issues arising from cholesterol content, salmonella contamination and allergy to egg proteins. Wiki
Egg nutritional value
The egg white contains about 4 grams of protein,55 mg of sodium,1.3 micrograms of folate, 6.6 mcg of selenium, 2.3 mg of calcium, 3.6 mg of magnesium, and 4.9 mg of phosphorus and 53.8 mg of potassium.
Egg yolks contain cholesterol and saturated fats, but their nutritional content is overlooked.
One egg yolk has around 55 calories, 4.5 grams of total fat and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, 210 mg of cholesterol, 8 mg of sodium, and 2.7 grams of protein. Read more at Ahealthiermichigan
Amount Per 100 grams
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11 g||16%|
|Saturated fat 3.3 g||16%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 1.4 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 4.1 g|
|Cholesterol 373 mg||124%|
|Sodium 124 mg||5%|
|Potassium 126 mg||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1.1 g||0%|
|Dietary fiber 0 g||0%|
|Sugar 1.1 g|
|Protein 13 g||26%|
|Vitamin A||10%||Vitamin C||0%|
|Vitamin D||21%||Vitamin B-6||5%|
Is egg cholesterol bad for us ?
As you can see in above table, eggs are high in cholesterol. But is it bad for your body?
But the truth is that cholesterol is a very important part of the body. It is a structural molecule that is an essential part of every single cell membrane.
It is also used to make steroid hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol.
Our liver produces cholesterol in the body because getting cholesterol from the diet isn’t always an option.
But when we eat lots of cholesterol-rich food, our body lowers the amount of cholesterol production.
So the total amount of cholesterol in the body changes only very little (if at all), it is just coming from the diet instead of from the liver. Read more at healthline
How many eggs should you eat per day?
Eating up to 3 eggs per day is safe for the majority of the population.
People with diabetes may increase their risk of heart disease by eating more than 1 egg per day.
However, overall diet quality is far more important to heart health than the number of eggs you eat each day.
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