We’ve heard it a million times that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But do you know that eating an egg every day can do the same?
One study1 involving nearly half a million Chinese individuals suggests that eating an egg a day may help reduce risks of heart disease and strokes.
Among Chinese adults, a moderate level of egg consumption (up to <1 egg/day) was significantly associated with lower risk of CVD, largely independent of other risk factors.Qin C, Lv J, Guo Y on behalf of the China Kadoorie Biobank Collaborative Group, et al
Associations of egg consumption with cardiovascular disease in a cohort study of 0.5 million Chinese adults
Aren’t Eggs Bad Due To Cholesterol Content?
Cholesterol is such a controversial topic in recent years. A few decades back, it has been known to the public that cholesterol is bad. However, recent developments as experts dig more into it, and cholesterol has been found beneficial.
One of the sources of dietary cholesterol is eggs. Moreover, it turns out that most of the bad things linked to cholesterol are simply myths.
It is not the first study to find cholesterol in the egg does not cause unhealthy consequences, particularly heart disease. One study2 back in 2012 concluded;
Higher consumption of eggs (up to one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke. The increased risk of coronary heart disease among diabetic patients and reduced risk of hemorrhagic stroke associated with higher egg consumption in subgroup analyses warrant further studies.Rong Ying, Chen Li, Zhu Tingting, Song Yadong, Yu Miao, Shan Zhilei et al. Egg consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies BMJ 2013; 346 :e8539
Health Benefits of Eating Eggs
Eggs are among the sources of proteins, and one of the top muscle building foods in which bodybuilders are consuming. Hence, if you’re trying to bulk up, include eggs in your diet along with your bodybuilding supplements.
Additionally, eggs are rich in tryptophan, which is great in boosting serotonin levels naturally.
Here are the known benefits of eating eggs aside from being beneficial to heart health;
- Helps boost serotonin level
- Improves brain health due to its choline content, which is also beneficial in reducing cancer risk
- Helpful in maintaining good eyesight due to its lutein content
- Supplies the body with Vitamin D
- Strengthens bones and teeth as eggs contain calcium (of course, make sure you’re not magnesium deficient)
- Eggs are rich in Vitamin B, which are essential for hair, skin, and liver
- Helpful for people who want to lose weight
- Eggs contain Vitamin B9 or folic acid, helpful in boosting fertility and higher chances of conception
- Helpful in slowing down the aging process