It’s been a big debate for a long time. Are eggs bad for your heart? Will eggs raise LDL cholesterol? With recent studies, it’s been shown that eggs are cholesterol healthy. These high cholesterol foods actually work towards lowering the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and raising the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol – if they are in conjunction with a lower saturated fat diet.
The test was an individual who ate 9 times the normal consumption of eggs (4 full eggs a day). If cholesterol went up that would mean that eggs are bad for you. So what were the results?
The participant started out at a cholesterol number of 3.8, which is a level just below the recommended by the Heart Foundation. After following the diet for two weeks the results were low. So low the machine didn’t even register a number! That is ridiculous.
Why Lower Cholesterol?
Eggs are a food that is rich in nutrients, low in fat, and high in protein. Eggs lower cholesterol because they are high in cholesterol but low in saturated fats. Just because a food is high in cholesterol doesn’t mean that it will raise your cholesterol level. It’s the saturated fats from fatty meats and a lot of the cream products that are the ones that raise the bad cholesterol.
Steps to Lower Cholesterol
It’s not that hard. All you really need to do is start eliminating those high saturated foods. Instead of eating red meat 3-4 times a week only have it once a week. Start eating foods that are a good source of omega fatty acids such as tuna and salmon. Like bacon and eggs in the morning? Cut out the bacon – it is VERY high in saturated fats.
It’s the side meals that we have with eggs that are the bad part of the meal – the sausage and bacon. Choose to have eggs and oatmeal for breakfast instead. Drink skim milk instead of 2-4%.
Here are some suggestions on foods that lower cholesterol with eggs:
- Scrambled eggs
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Crustless Quiche
- Scrambled egg burritos w/ whole wheat tortillas
- Scrambled eggs with salmon
- Many and many types of Omelets
Implementing these small changes will make a big difference in your cholesterol level. Let’s all make a small step to lowering cholesterol, and having a healthy lifestyle!