Eggs are a nutritional marvel, and they have rightly earned their space on our plates. For a long time however, they attracted criticism and a lot of bad press. There were some schools of thoughts that opined that eggs raised cholesterol levels, which basically increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Nutritional science has come a long way in dispelling most myths, but the question of how many are safe to eat in a day still remains mostly unanswered.
Eggs contain all the essential amino acids- those which the body cannot produce by itself. They are rich in cholesterol, with one egg providing over half of what is needed daily by the body. They also contain antioxidants, choline, vitamins, folate as well as iodine. When you take into consideration that a singular egg provides everything a chic needs to undergo development, you start to appreciate just how nutritionally dense they are.
The Cholesterol Issue
The cholesterol in the egg is stored in the yolk, and it averages at about 180mg. The body uses cholesterol in the metabolism of hormones, especially testosterone and oxygen. The liver produces it enough to meet these needs. It dials back this production when the cholesterol is provided in the diet. This means that taking eggs won’t necessarily increase your blood cholesterol as the body will balance things out.
In addition, eggs contain the good kind of cholesterol, otherwise known as the HDL. This has in fact been demonstrated in controlled experiments where the HDL levels of the subjects were found to be increased after egg intake. Those with diabetes and at risk of cardiovascular disease are advised to eat less as a precaution. But in an otherwise healthy individual, the cholesterol shouldn’t raise too big a concern.
Just How Many?
Science is not very clear on this limitation, because there are many subjective factors that come into play. The consensus among nutritionists is that three is the safest number. These are whole eggs. Egg whites are mostly protein, and these have no upper limit to how many you can safely eat.
It matters how the eggs are prepared. Hard boiled eggs are by far the best to eat, and unarguably, the easiest to prepare. Frying them in butter increases the fat, and this is consequential. An active individual who has an increased metabolism might get away with eating more than just three, but this limit should not be pushed without the advice of a nutritionist.
Eating more than this recommended amount is in many ways risky, and not just from a nutritional perspective. High protein diets place a stress on the kidneys as they work overtime to eliminate the byproducts of protein metabolism.
In conclusion, no studies have been conducted to determine the dangers of eating four or more eggs in a day. So without any authority or reference point for the risks of overindulging, you should do so with caution. Try and see what works for you in regard to any side effects or such.
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