Often it seems eggs have a bad rap. Are they good for you or bad for your? Should you eat just the egg whites? Or not eat eggs at all?
One large whole egg is low in calories and sodium, provides more than 6g of protein, more than 250mg of choline, which helps your cells function properly and may help keep your mind sharp, and is a good source of lutein, which is important for eye health. Eggs are high in cholesterol, though, which is what gives them their bad reputation. Specifically, egg yolks are high in cholesterol -- about 210mg of cholesterol are in one large egg yolk. If you're predisposed to or have cardiovascular disease, diabetes or high levels of LDL (the bad) cholesterol, health professionals recommend you limit your daily cholesterol intake to 200mg or less -- and that eliminates those egg yolks. Research still hasn't solved the mystery as to whether or not eggs are good or bad, so if cholesterol is a concern, egg whites and egg substitutes are a good cholesterol-free option. Otherwise, an egg at breakfast can be a good source of nutrients to start your day.