Three eggs a day okay for elderly people

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have shown that eating three eggs a day does not raise heart disease risk factors in healthy elderly people, according to research published in the December 2005 edition of the Journal of Nutrition.

The findings are important because eggs can provide older people with an affordable, highly nutritious food that is an excellent source of protein, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals, yet many older people have eliminated eggs from their diets for fear that they may increase their heart disease risk.

Food intake surveys conducted by the American government showed that men over age 65 cut egg consumption by 46% and women by 29% between 1977 and 1996.