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Many people remember hearing that they shouldn?t eat eggs because they contain too much cholesterol. Many people remember hearing that they shouldn?t eat eggs because they contain too much cholesterol.
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Many people remember hearing that they shouldn't eat eggs because they contain too much cholesterol.

According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, of Cleveland Clinic, eggs may have, unfairly, gotten a bad reputation in the past.

"There is no longer this strong link that we once thought there was of cholesterol in the diet linking with cholesterol in our body,? said Kirkpatrick.? And so once that was taken away we could actually, kind of, take the veil off and look at some of the real benefits of eggs."

Kirkpatrick said today we have strong evidence that folks can safely have one egg every day if they choose.

"Eggs do have a lot of benefits," said Kirkpatrick. "They have a vitamin called choline in it and choline we know is really important for health, and we also know that individuals who have fatty liver disease, they?re more likely to progress with that disease if they have low levels of choline."

Kirkpatrick said eggs also have minerals like iodine and selenium, which are not always easy to find in the standard American diet.

While egg whites are chock-full of vitamins, the yolks are okay to eat too. Kirkpatrick said egg yolks are a good source of vitamin A and D.

Eggs are also great because they're not difficult to prepare. Scrambled eggs are easy to make and hard boiled eggs are easy to transport on the go - just make sure they are cooked fully to avoid food borne illness

But Kirkpatrick said folks don?t have to save all of their eggs for breakfast.

"For dinner a lot of times, frittatas are a great option,? said Kirkpatrick. ?It?s a great option because with a lot of frittatas you add a bunch of vegetables - so chopped red peppers and onions and garlic and things like that - and it?s really yummy and you can actually pick up a frittata like a piece of pizza."

Kirkpatrick said that like any food, moderation is key. She recommends eating no more than one a day and no more than five per week.

She also cautions folks about egg salad, because even though it contains eggs, it also has other ingredients, such as mayonnaise, which are not healthy.

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