I was recently interviewed by award-winning journalist Peta Bee for the Times about eggs – one of my wonder foods. Here are my 5 tops tips in response to her questions:
Eggs give you cholesterol but it’s saturated fat, not cholesterol in foods, that has the greatest impact on your blood cholesterol levels.
2. Eggs & protein
An egg has the same amount of protein as a glass of milk. This is high quality protein, and their versatility helps to make them a convenient component of a healthy meal.
3. Nutrient powerhouse
Two eggs give you your vit B12 needs for the day. They’re also a source of other B vitamins and vitamin D. The UK is mildly iodine deficient, and a couple of eggs will provide around a third of your iodine needs. (Iodine is needed for your thyroid gland). Selenium intakes in the UK have been going down over the years and a couple of eggs will give you around 40% of your daily needs.
4. How many should you eat per day/week?
The Department of Health has not set an upper limit for eggs, so there is no need to restrict them unless you’ve been medically advised to do so. As with any food, it’s best to have a wide variety of different foods. Limit the salt and saturated fat you add in cooking.
5. Eggs research
Eggs do not seem to increase the risks of developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease, and there is some evidence associating egg intake with reduced risks.