Eggs are often a topic of conversation. People want to know how many kilojoules or calories they have, how they affect their cholesterol and how much protein is in a single egg.
But just one question lies at the heart of all egg-related questions: are they good for you?
The simple answer is 'yes'. But there's more good news - you don't need to worry about numbers. Calculating your intake down to the last kilojoule, calorie and gram isn't as important as following a healthy eating pattern.
Eggs contain good quality protein and are a source of healthy fats including omega-3 fats.
You can eat up to six or seven eggs each week. That's one egg a day or two to three egg-filled meals a week.
Eggs and Cholesterol
The cholesterol in eggs has almost no effect on your blood cholesterol levels. Your cholesterol levels are more influenced by the saturated and trans fat you eat.
This means what you eat with your eggs matters.
Eggs are always a favourite at breakfast. So whether you are eating out or cooking at home, keep your egg dishes healthy. Choose wholegrain rather than white bread and leave out the bacon and butter.
If you do eat eggs with a side of bacon, it's likely the bacon will have more effect on your cholesterol levels than the eggs.
Instead, try eating eggs with vegetables such as spinach, mushroom, tomato and avocado.
A small percentage of people are more sensitive to eating dietary cholesterol than others. This means that when they eat food containing cholesterol, their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels rise more than other people. If you want to know what your cholesterol level is and how to manage it, talk to your doctor or health practitioner.
Tips for eating eggs
- The healthiest ways to cook eggs is to boil, poach or scramble them using reduced-fat milk.
- Make a three-egg omelette with capsicum, spinach and mushroom and eat on a slice of grainy bread.
- Try getting in one to two serves of vegetables when you eat eggs.
- Eggs make great lunchbox fillers for children and are very portable when hard boiled.
- Add a chopped up hardboiled egg to the top of a salad.