Are eggs healthy?

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Years ago, eggs had an unhealthy reputation, mainly because of their high cholesterol amounts. The dietary advice, at that time, was to avoid eating eggs, mainly eggs yolk, which has plenty of proteins and fats.

Now, it is known that an egg a day keeps the doctor away. The cholesterol content in one large egg is 213 mg, while the daily cholesterol amount allowed is 300 mg.

Researches revealed that the blood cholesterol is influenced by saturated fat foods that force the body to produce cholesterol. Studies also revealed that gold standard biological values for proteins are found in eggs and milk.

One egg provides the following amounts of nutrients and vitamins: iron, carotenoids, vitamins, minerals, around 5 g of fat and 7 g of qualitative proteins.

It is important to note that eggs contain the recently discovered micronutrient choline, which is essential to normal function of cells and brain fetal development.

Eggs also contain carotenoids, which are important antioxidants that prevent some forms of cancer.

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