Eggs are certainly a healthy food, but many folks are worried about the cholesterol that comes with them. A common question that many ask is if it’s healthy to eat eggs every day? Here’s a look at recommendations for leading health authorities.
Before looking at the recommendations set forth by the American Heart Association (AHA) Nutrition Committee, here’s a look at how nutrient packed eggs are. One large egg provides 70 calories, 6 grams of high quality protein, and is a good source of eight essential nutrients and carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin — for about 15 cents each. Don’t toss that golden yolk as close to half of the egg’s protein is in there! In addition, the combined nutrients in eggs can help support brain, eye, and muscle health and may play a role in weight management.
In 2019, the AHA Nutrition Committee published a science advisory on Dietary Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Risk. The science advisory committee recommends heart healthy eating patterns such as the Mediterranean-style and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)-style diets. When it came to eggs, the committee concluded the following:
In the 2020-2025 dietary guidelines for Americans, eggs are included in all three recommended healthy eating patterns which include a healthy American, Mediterranean-style, and vegetarian eating pattern. In addition, because eggs are so dense in nutrients, it can help contribute to the health and well-being of Americans of all ages including:
Eggs are full of good-for-you nutrients and can be part of a heart healthy diet in moderation throughout every stage of life.
*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.