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By Erin O’Donnell WebMD Magazine – Feature Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD WebMD Archive Do you still think of eggs as nutritional no-nos? A growing body of research scrambles the old thinking that eggs raise the risk of heart disease. One egg does contain 186 milligrams cholesterol, but an analysis of two large studies found that healthy people who ate eggs didn’t have an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. “The amount that an egg a day would raise your blood cholesterol levels is actually pretty small,” says Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, nutrition department chairman at the Harvard School of Public Health. The American Heart Association recommends healthy adults stick to about an egg a day, but that’s an average. Two eggs every other day are fine, too, Willett says. Eggs can be a good choice for a healthy diet, given that they’re only 70 calories each, inexpensive, a snap to prepare, popular with kids, and packed with 6 grams of protein. The protein may even make eggs a good choice if you’re trying to slim down. In one recent study, people ate breakfasts of either eggs or wheat cereal with nearly identical calories and protein. Those who ate eggs felt fuller and ate less at lunch. Try these tasty, easy-to-prepare egg dishes.
Eggs & poultry All poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked. Fo rthe latest guidelines, visit foodstandards.gov.uk. Recipes containing raw or semi-cooked egg are not suitable for pregnant women, elderly people, or those with weak immune systems