Will eggs make you fat? Will they raise your cholesterol? Are they a health food ? In today’s fiercely competitive world, no one really has enough time to ensure healthy food for all meals. People are more aware these days about healthy living and healthy eating but rarely has time, patience and energy to take care of it on their own.
Eggs have been a personal favourite of many, primarily for the ease of cooking the same. If eating eggs can take care of some of your healthy food habits, life would only be that much easier! Hence we shall focus on the important aspect of “How many eggs is it safe to eat per week”? Thus, if you are an egg addict, keep reading.
What Types of Eggs Can We Eat?
Although there are many types of eggs available in India like eggs of geese, birds, emus, ducks, turkey, etc. we are habituated to eat hen’s and duck eggs only. So, when we refer to egg, we mean a hen’s egg which is poultry bred or farm bred and consumed on a regular basis.
Brown Eggs vis-a-vis White Eggs
Most people believe that brown eggs are healthier and more nutritious than white eggs. However, according to research there is no significant nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. Brown eggs do have slight more amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, but the difference is almost negligible!
The difference in colour is due to the type of chicken which lays the eggs. If the eggs are laid by white chicken with light earlobes, the eggs are white in colour. However, if brown chicken with red earlobes lay the egg, it is brown in colour.
Then why are brown eggs more expensive than the white ones?
This is because breeding white feathered chicken is more prevalent and cheaper in India than the brown ones. So, white eggs are more readily available in the market than the brown ones. Also, brown eggs are usually bigger in size. Also, brown feathered chicken are high maintenance ones and hence their eggs are more expensive! So, people naturally assume that brown eggs are more nutritious.
Eggs are fabulously nutritious!
A perfect and large boiled egg contains all the bellow nutrients: calories -77, protein – 6g and Fats – 5g.
Eggs typically contains of 6% RDA Vitamin A, phosphorus, 5% RDA Folate, 7% RDA Vitamin B5, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, selenium, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Calcium and so forth.
What is the level of Cholesterol in the Egg?
At first, cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance which divulge in cells. A human body precisely needs cholesterol to produce hormones and to control the digestion. Plenty of people suspect that more consumption of high cholesterol products would raise their cholesterol in the blood which would affect their heart.
Cholesterol is always perceived as negative and we start associating high cholesterol levels with cons like regular medication, heart ailments which might lead to an attack and early death symptoms. But human beings cannot survive without cholesterol. Only the level needs to be controlled.
Thus, as a generic health call, each individual must check their cholesterol levels once every year. Specialists say that people who are more than 35 years of age, especially men and women beyond 45 years of age should regularly do their lipid profile checks so as to ensure that their cholesterol levels are under control.
Usually the lipoprotein encompasses the below things:
- Total cholesterol
- LDL – Bad Low-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol
- HDL – Good High-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol
So, basically when we eat a lot of high cholesterol food, the liver reduces its natural production. This leads to a change in the body which develops in high cholesterol accumulation in the body.
How many eggs is too much?
It has been proved with various case studies that 3 eggs per day is perfectly fine. It means about 25-30 eggs per week is safe in order to stay fit and healthy. There is however no substitute for physical fitness. But eggs can safely be consumed as long as it is cooked lightly or consumed boiled! For the average person, two eggs a day is totally safe.
People are advised to decrease their egg consumption as the egg yolk is high in cholesterol.
Overall, eating eggs are perfectly safe and low-risk, only if the consumption is up to 3 eggs per day. So per week it is considered safe to eat about 21 eggs. Usually, eggs are incredibly easy to prepare and it includes more nutrients, antioxidants, etc. Furthermore, the main benefit of egg is that it is inexpensive, tasty and even it can be prepared within minutes.