Does an egg a day keep the doctor away?

Nutrition advice is always changing.

Take eggs. They're loaded with protein, vitamins and other healthful nutrients. But for years we were told to go easy on eggs because of their high cholesterol content.

"I think eggs have had a bad rap. That's the bottom line," said Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. "Eggs have really very little effect on dietary cholesterol."

We now know that saturated fat and transfat raises blood cholesterol levels; not the cholesterol in eggs.

In fact, the latest research has largely exonerated eggs and even suggested that they may provide some heart-healthy benefits.

"I think it's fine for people who don't have diabetes to eat eggs on a regular basis," Dr. Swartzberg said. "Currently the recommendation is you can have one egg a day and that should be fine. And maybe even more, we just don't know."

Of course, don't mess up a good thing by preparing your eggs with fatty, salty ingredients or serving them with unhealthy side dishes.


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