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Are eggs good for you?

Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to a resounding ‘yes’, there are still some misconceptions around the question of whether or not eggs are good for you. These questions mostly centre around the cholesterol content of eggs, but also their safety for consumption by more vulnerable groups. Well, we can set the record straight and show exactly why eggs can be a very valuable part of your diet.

Incredible nutrition

Eggs are one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and fit into many diets and lifestyles. You’d be hard pressed to find a food that contains such an ideal mixture of nutrients.

Along with high quality protein, eggs are also naturally rich in vitamin D, B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, iodine, selenium and other essential dietary vitamins and minerals – all in under 70 calories for a medium-sized egg.

Both the white and yolk have their own unique nutritional qualities, and whilst some may prefer one or the other, having both together will provide more complete nutrition.

For more information about the nutritional value of eggs, visit our dedicated section for a closer look at the proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals found within each and every egg.

The cholesterol question

In the past it was commonly thought that people should limit the number of eggs they consume because of their cholesterol content and associated health repercussions.. However, a large body of evidence has shown that consuming dietary cholesterol doesn’t increase the risks of heart disease in most healthy people.

Consequently, all major UK heart and health advisory groups have relaxed their recommendations on egg consumption in relation to cholesterol.  For more information about the cholesterol in eggs and its role as part of a healthy diet, please visit our eggs and cholesterol pages.

Safety

Like other foods, eggs do have to be treated and stored correctly to make sure that they remain safe to eat. Although the British Lion Scheme has virtually eradicated all traces of salmonella in eggs bearing the British Lion mark, proper food hygiene and handling still needs to be applied.

For more information on these areas please visit our egg safety, advice for mums and babies, and egg allergy sections

All information checked by an independent Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian