How many eggs per week are healthy for you?

Eggs contain many good nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and proteins. And what about the cholesterol in eggs? Does not that increase the chance of cardiovascular disease? And the big question: how healthy are eggs anyway?

How many eggs per week are healthy for you?
Eggs contain many good nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and proteins. And what about the cholesterol in eggs? Does not that increase the chance of cardiovascular disease? And the big question: how healthy are eggs anyway?

How many eggs per week are healthy for you?

 

Eggs contain many good nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and proteins. And what about the cholesterol in eggs? Doesn't that increase the chance of cardiovascular disease? And the big question: how healthy are eggs anyway?

 

Health benefits

Eggs contain a lot of protein, vitamins A, B, D, E and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and selenium. For a healthy diet it is important to vary with other protein-rich products such as meat, fish, cheese, milk or meat substitutes. Eggs are often claimed to be thickers, but this is not true. One egg contains around ninety calories and six grams of fat, two thirds of which are unsaturated and only one third of saturated fat. Moreover, you maintain a full feeling for a long time due to the high protein content.

 

It is true that eggs contain cholesterol and that cholesterol contributes to the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is only a bit short to say that eggs cause cardiovascular disease. There are two types of cholesterol: good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). Bad cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease at a later age and is mainly found in saturated fats. It has been found that cholesterol in eggs has less effect on cardiovascular disease than previously thought.

 

How many eggs are healthy then?

The nutrition center recommends two to three eggs a week and also a varied diet with meat, fish, cheese, milk or other meat substitutes. Nutritionist Charlotte Vande Riviere says that this number only applies to people with diabetes, who are hereditary or already have high cholesterol levels. According to Vande Riviere you have to look at the total picture. Do you eat a lot of eggs? Then eat less fatty meats and cheese. Vegetarians get less saturated fat, so they can eat five eggs a week. In addition, a varied diet remains important.

 

A few handy tips

  • Instead of using raw eggs in dishes that are no longer heated, you prevent the risk of salmonella contamination.
  • Store eggs in the refrigerator. This way you reduce the risk of salmonella contamination.
  • With the tip down, eggs stay good longer.
  • If you doubt whether eggs are still edible, you can do a test: put an egg in water with salt (ratio 80 grams per liter). An egg that floats is no longer good.

 

Where does your egg come from?

An egg may be healthy to a certain extent, but it is also important to know where it comes from. You can find that out by looking at the code on the eggs. The first digit indicates from which farming system comes the chicken that laid the egg. You can see from which letters the egg comes from the letters that follow. NL stands for a Dutch egg. The latest figures indicate on which farm the egg was laid.