Can diabetics eat cholesterol-rich foods like eggs?  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Eggs are considered a superfood, providing a host of health benefits. They are a great source of high-quality protein and healthy fat, which means they can be a great food to add to your weight loss diet. Eggs are packed with many essential nutrients that can be beneficial for your health in many ways – from lowering cholesterol levels to promoting a healthy immune system. But are eggs a healthy addition to your diet if you have type 2 diabetes?
For years, people were advised to eat only egg whites and avoid the yolks – mainly due to their cholesterol and fat content. But thanks to a fresh outlook in the medical fraternity and new scientific studies suggesting that this convenient and affordable high-quality protein source can be an excellent choice for people with diabetes. Read – Diabetes: Jaggery January – Can you substitute the natural sweetener for sugar to lower blood sugar levels
How many eggs should you eat per day?
There were concerns about the levels of cholesterol in egg yolks – primarily because of the fact that high total blood cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Diabetes tends to lower good cholesterol levels and raise bad cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Yet, research suggests that dietary intake of cholesterol may have a small effect on the level of cholesterol in the blood. That being said, you need to be cautious about consuming foods that are high in saturated fats and trans fats that pose a bigger threat to your cholesterol levels. Read – Living with type 2 diabetes? Drink THIS, not that to lower your blood sugar levels and manage weight
Eggs are very nutritious and can be consumed as part of a healthy diet. As per a new study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, eating an egg daily can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, high-quality protein, and good fats, eggs are a versatile food. You can enjoy it as hard-boiled, scrambled, or however you want your eggs prepared.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.