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Avera Medical Minute: Are Eggs Healthy? Live 10/7/10

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Avera Heart Hospital Director of Food and Nutrition Joanne Shearer. Avera Heart Hospital Director of Food and Nutrition Joanne Shearer.

If you've banished eggs from your breakfast menu, it's time to re-think your food choices. As Nancy Naeve Brown tells us, that's coming from the Director of Food and Nutrition at the Avera Heart Hospital.

Avera Heart Hospital Registered Dietitian Joanne Shearer says, "Eggs are nutrient dense food which means for the amount of calories you're getting, you're getting a really power punch of nutrition.

Q: Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past decade as being high in calories and boosting your cholesterol. Not true?

A: Absolutely not true. Eggs are really healthy. Eggs are high in dietary cholesterol, but dietary cholesterol does not necessarily increase your blood cholesterol and if it does increase your blood cholesterol that LDL, your bad cholesterol may go up some, but that good healthy cholesterol goes up to so it equals out. You could say it's a wash.

Q: An egg wash. Ha. Can a healthy person eat an egg everyday?

A: A healthy person should and can eat up to an egg a day up to 2 to 3 eggs. Research shows eating eggs for breakfast can actually help with weight control. Women who ate 2 eggs a day which are equivalent to calories found in a bagel actually had 65% more weight loss and ate almost 300 less calories during the day. So the message being, if you are trying to lose weight you should try and include eggs in your diet. It's a good strategy.

For more information call 877-AT-AVERA.

 

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