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Is the Egg An Essential Part of a Healthy Diet?
Updated: Monday, March 17 2014, 12:36 PM EDT
For years the egg has been touted as a no-no food, because it contains a high amount of cholesterol. But nutritionists and doctors are changing their minds, saying eggs are an essential part of a healthy diet and their benefits outweigh their risks.
Study after study over the past several decades have confirmed that eggs are not associated with coronary heart disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the average healthy individual should limit daily cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams a day. One egg has 186 milligrams of cholesterol, but it also has 13 essential vitamins and minerals and is packed with plenty of protein and antioxidants, which are good for the heart. And it only has 70 calories.
They're high in protein, lupine and zeaxanthin which are important for eye health. They're high in colene, important for brain health, and they’re high in vitamin d, important for the bones and important for the immune system.