Eggs are good for the heart

Experts say eggs are good for your heart health.

US egg expert Dr. Don McNamara insists that their bad name is not justified and even the Heart Foundation has raised its recommended intake to six eggs per week.

“Seniors have been afraid to eat eggs because for 40 years they have been worried about the dietary cholesterol,”” the Herald Sun quoted nutritional biochemist McNamara as saying.

“But,over the years,the research has clearly shown that cholesterol in our food doesn’t impact our risk for heart disease – (what causes) that is saturated fat and trans fat,”” he added.

Eggs are low-saturated fat and rich in vital compounds, such as choline. These vital compounds are important for foetus brain development and metabolism.

It also contains lutein which is known to lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

McNamara said that those who eat eggs as a breakfast are more satisfied and less likely to overeat.

“Eggs have the highest quality protein you can buy in the supermarket for the lowest cost,and they contain every vitamin and mineral we need except for vitamin C,”” he said.

“So they easily fit into a healthy diet for people with normal cholesterol levels,people with high cholesterol levels,diabetics and people with metabolic syndrome,”” he added.

The Heart Foundation conducted a survey earlier in the year and reissued their guideline to recommend that people eat six eggs per week.

“Cholesterol in food doesn’t equal cholesterol in the blood,” said the foundation’s healthy weight spokeswoman Monique Blunden.

“It’s the saturated fat and trans fat we consume that is directly related to the rise in cholesterol in the blood,” she added.

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