Several years ago, when I decided to raise a flock of chickens so my family could enjoy fresh eggs nearly any day of the year, people looked at me as if I’d gone a bit loopy. “Eggs are terrible for you!” some exclaimed. “You’ll give yourself a heart attack!” others admonished.
I’d heard the warnings that eggs could cause high cholesterol and increase the risk of so-called cardiovascular events, but I wasn’t convinced that such claims were true. Undaunted, I continued on my chicken-tending, delicious egg-eating quest. And guess what? No signs of heart issues or high cholesterol for me or anyone in my family.
Now that all of the chatter about the so-called health risks of eggs has subsided, I feel more than a little vindicated. But how did something so delicious — and healthy — become so maligned? And what does the science say now?
I spoke with Briana Rodriquez, R.D., Jenny Craig’s registered dietitian, to find out the truth about eggs. She shared information about how enjoying them in moderation, and as part of a healthy diet, can not only help you in your weight loss efforts, but may also contribute to your overall health goals. Here’s how.