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Omelet Lovers Rejoice! Eggs are Healthier than Previously Thought

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ID:	45Egg fans can celebrate a little. The USDA announced yesterday that eggs are actually significantly lower in cholesterol than previously thought. The new findings show that eggs contain higher levels of vitamin D than once thought as well, a key component to bone health.

Obviously, this news has fairly big implications for the American diet, which has become increasingly scrutinized in light of dramatically rising obesity rates. In fact, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting cholesterol intake to 300mg per day for healthy adults, and 200mg per day for adults with, or at high risk for heart disease. This means that a healthy adult can now consume up to two eggs a day and stay within the recommended cholesterol limit.

Dr. David L. Katz of Yale University considers the news "to be just one entry among several that collectively go a long way toward full... eggsoneration." Brownie points for the pun, Dave.

<!--more-->As he says, "We were probably wrong about the harms of dietary cholesterol in the first place. Over the past decade or so, numerous studies -- both observational studies in large populations and intervention trials in smaller ones -- have suggested that dietary cholesterol in general, and eggs in particular, do not contribute meaningfully to blood cholesterol levels, or cardiac risk."

"My interest in all this," he later admits, "does not derive from the fact that I have three egg-laying hens living in my backyard! (I do.) Rather, I am interested in being right about a means of optimizing health through optimizing diet."

Katz goes on to explain that eggs are actually very nutritious, rich in top quality protein, vitamins and minerals, as well as other nutrients like biotin and choline. In light of these new findings about egg cholesterol content, it would appear this longtime breakfast fave may be permanently back on the menu. Although, I will say, it was never really off mine. I like them poached, fried, scrambled, hard-boiled and pretty much every which way.

Are you an egg fan? If so, what's your favorite recipe?

Via the Huffington Post

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