The Incredible, Edible Egg

It’s that time of year again….images of eggs are everywhere. Brightly colored plastic eggs stuffed with prizes for egg hunts, small chocolate eggs with creamy centers in shiny tinfoil on display in the grocery stores, large eggs made entirely of solid chocolate displayed by life-sized chocolate bunnies….

In this week’s wellness spotlight, we will highlight eggs. Eggs have been portrayed in the past as being unhealthy due to the belief that eating foods high in cholesterol will raise blood cholesterol levels and thus be unhealthy for the heart. Eggs are one of the richest sources of cholesterol in our diet. Well-controlled, clinical studies show that the impact of dietary cholesterol challenges via egg intake on serum lipids is highly variable, with the majority of individuals (~2/3 of the population) having only minimal responses, while those with a significant response increase both LDL and HDL cholesterol, typically with a maintenance of the LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio. (See article below). “Overall, recent intervention studies with eggs demonstrate that the additional dietary cholesterol does not negatively affect serum lipids, and in some cases, appears to improve lipoprotein particle profiles and HDL functionality.” 

Dietary Cholesterol, Serum Lipids, and Heart Disease: Are Eggs Working for or Against You?

Eggs And Macular Degeneration

An article published in the journal Clinical Nutrition in March assessed the association between the consumption of eggs with the incidence of AMD over a 15 year follow-up.
Participants who consumed 2-4 eggs/week versus ≤1 egg/week at baseline had 62% reduced risk of developing neovascular AMD. Among those whose AMD onset was at or before the 10-year follow-up, consumption of 2-4 and 5-6 eggs/week was associated with 54% and 65% reduced risk of incident late AMD, respectively. “Our findings suggest that moderate consumption of eggs significantly reduces the risk of developing incident late-stage AMD over 15 years.”
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We are looking forward the annual CE event  UMSL Nutrition and the Eye XII Symposium this weekend!  Hope to see you there!