diet & weight loss

One day we're told eggs are good for you and the next we're told they're bad for you. So which is it?

Eggs, probably more than any other food, are the subject of intense debate. Some people swear by them whereas others talk about them like they're the worst thing you could possibly eat.

The truth is that eggs are very good for you just as long as you don't fry them. By frying them you will still obtain most of the nutrients from the egg, but you will also consume the fat from the oil the eggs have been cooked in. If this is extra virgin olive oil, it's not so bad but too many fried eggs cooked in sunflower oil is not particularly good for you.

Eggs are a tremendous source of everything from protein to vitamins to healthy monounsaturated fat. Eggs are rich in vitamin D, vitamin B2, and vitamin B12. They also contain a range of other vitamins, minerals and trace elements including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, iodine and selenium.

A medium egg contains less than 80 calories so they're even a relatively good option when you are watching your weight. Egg salad, boiled eggs or poached eggs on toast are all great low calorie meals.

Much of the argument that surrounds eggs is to do with their cholesterol content. However, although eggs do contain cholesterol it really isn't a sizeable amount. Obviously, if you have high cholesterol, you shouldn't be eating dozens of eggs each week. But five or six eggs weekly really wont have any effect at all (just as long as they've not touched the frying pan).

When addressing cholesterol problems, its food with high levels of saturated fat that should be avoided. Eggs in their raw state contain very little of this potentially harmful fat.

You should also remember that not all eggs are created equal. The quality of the eggs depends greatly on the health of the chicken responsible for it. This is why it's well worth the extra few pence for free range or even organic eggs.

The only real way that eggs can be bad for you, is when they are eaten raw. Uncooked or undercooked eggs may contain the salmonella bacteria, which can cause serious illness. Most supermarket eggs are now almost fully safe from salmonella thanks to a vaccination programme introduced in the 1990's. However, it's still wise to make sure your eggs are fully cooked particularly when feesing young children, the elderly, pregnant women, or people who are unwell.

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