Ok I know that is a super corny title, but hey this really is excellent news and I couldn’t help myself!
This week eggs have been all the talk and not just because it is Easter next week, its because the Heart Foundation has released their new position statement on eggs (yes the chicken egg not Easter eggs). The good news is that the Heart Foundation has relaxed their advice on how many eggs to eat each week. However its important to remember that this advice is for people at high risk of heart disease. The old advice from 1999 was just at three eggs per week and now they can eat up to six. But again remember this is for people at high risk of heart disease (yes I know I am repeating myself but this bit is important…) If you are a healthy person, you don’t need to limit eggs in your diet. Which alone is great news as eggs are a cheap high quality protein packed with carotenoids, vitamin D, B12, selenium and choline.
Now before you jump on the band wagon of those saying science got it wrong again, this isn’t the case here. And I get why you might think that, as often with food and nutrition ‘the experts’ are often perceived to be saying one thing one day and the direct opposite the next. However this isn’t how science works. It actually evolves. Because we aren’t all siting here saying Henry Ford got it wrong with the first car are we?
So this position statement released from the Heart Foundation involved a review of all the current research so over the years we have more research to look at therefore we now know more about eggs. With recent evidence now showing that the effect of eggs on blood cholesterol is inconsistent.
However like most things its important to think about how you are eating these eggs. If you are adding refined white bread, hollandaise sauce or frying them in coconut oil everyday then you are undoing the goodness of the eggs by making them into an unhealthy meal.
If you would like help with whole food meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for your own nutrition consultation either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist