Sunny side up, hard boiled, baked, or mixed into your fried rice – whatever way you like your eggs, you’re going to love the latest research on just how good they are for your body.
The humble googie has had a bad wrap, being blamed for pushing cholesterol levels up, but it appears that having an egg a day is actually beneficial to your health. In fact, eating an egg a day can help reduce your risk of stroke.
New research has discovered that eating one egg a day can help reduce the risk of stroke by 12 per cent, and it has no association with coronary heart disease.
Why do eggs lower the risk of stroke?
The study, which involved 275,000 people and analysed data that dates back to 1982, didn’t actually uncover why eggs have such a positive impact on stroke risk reduction. But it did prove how good they are for your body.
“Eggs do have many positive nutritional attributes, including antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation,” explains lead researcher Dr. Dominik Alexander from the EpidStat Institute. “They are also an excellent source of protein, which has been related to lower blood pressure.”
Egg recommendations in Australia
In Australia, our national dietary guidelines say that there doesn’t appear to be any increased health risks associated with eating eggs, and that having one every day isn’t associated with coronary heart disease.
The guidelines say that one serve of eggs is equivalent to two large eggs (120g), and these fall into the lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans food group. The guidelines recommend eating one to three serves of food from this group a day, depending on your age – with three to four serves recommended for pregnant women.
Delicious and healthy ways to eat eggs
So now we know that eggs are pretty amazing when it comes to keeping us healthy, here are some delicious ways to enjoy them:
- Scrambled in a Mexican Breakfast Wrap
- Fried in a healthy breakfast like this Egg with Corn Salsa
- Boiled and filled with creamy veggies in this Egg Cup Salad
What are you favourite, healthy ways to eat your daily serve of eggs?