John V. deGuzman, MD, Dipl. ABOM
If you are trying to lose weight, it is important to be informed about macronutrients. Examples of macronutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. An example of a “good” protein is eggs which actually surprises many people.
People with conditions such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia have concerns about consuming eggs. There is believed to be an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Let’s dig a little deeper to uncover the truth as to why eggs can be a healthy part of your weight loss program.
A group of researchers analyzed 23 studies from 1966 to 2020. They noticed something interesting in the relationship between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease risk. The 23 studies reviewed included a total of over 1.4 million individuals for an average of over 12 years.
What did they discover?
- Consumption of more than one egg per day was NOT associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Consumption of more than one egg per day was associated with a REDUCTION in the risk of coronary artery disease.
Conclusion: Eggs are Healthy!
In short, eggs are nutrient dense. They include minerals, folate, B vitamins, and fat soluble vitamins. They are a rich source of bioactive compounds (lutein and zeaxanthin) and are a high quality protein. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans no longer includes a recommended limit on egg intake. It actually recommends eggs as a part of healthy eating patterns. Be sure to incorporate eggs into your diet during your weight loss program!
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