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Are Eggs Good or Bad for People with Diabetes?

By MaYa | Articles

Aug 22

Eggs are a great source of protein, but they contain cholesterol as well. In one egg there is almost 200 mg of cholesterol. Therefore, it can cause problems for people with diabetes.

However, the ADA highly recommends them, and with good reason. They believe that eggs won’t raise the blood sugar. But, it is important how they affect a person’s condition, after all, every metabolism is different.

That is why it is important to monitor and manage your cholesterol to avoid getting cardiovascular disease.

Moreover, dietary foods can help with this problem. That is because they have a positive effect on the blood levels and can give the necessary nutrients your body needs.

Benefits of Eating Eggs

As a great source of potassium, eggs can help balance the sodium levels and help with muscle and nerve health. Besides, they contain choline and lutein which are very important nutrients. They can protect against disease and boost the health of the brain.

Furthermore, egg yolks have biotin which is important for healthy skin, nails, insulin production and hair. The reason why eggs are good for people with diabetes is that they are a rich source of omega-3s.

Plus you can eat them with any food or use them in dishes.

Here is a list of what one large egg contains:

  • 75 calories
  • 1.6 grams of saturated fat
  • 5 grams of fat
  • omega-3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Vitamin A, D, B

And one jumbo egg contains:

  • 90 calories
  • 56 calories from fat 10% of which are saturated fats
  • protein almost 8 grams
  • omega-3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Vitamin A, D, B

What About Cholesterol?

Some people consider eggs dangerous for people with diabetes because they contain a lot of cholesterol.  But, it seems that dietary cholesterol is important for regulating blood cholesterol. Therefore, your biggest enemies are saturated fats and trans fats.

It is important to know how eggs affect your cholesterol and figure out if they may be causing problems for you. If not, then eat eggs in moderation. Researchers suggest that a person who has diabetes should eat not more than 200 mg cholesterol daily.

But a person who doesn’t have diabetes can eat 300 mg daily. So, if one egg has 186 mg cholesterol, a person with diabetes doesn’t have room to consume any other food that contains cholesterol.

According to research, if you eat too many eggs you may develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease. The Journal Diabetes Care also supports the same claims.

Moreover, researchers believe that the fault lies in the huge amount of cholesterol. However, only the yolk contains cholesterol, so, you can eat more egg whites instead. But don’t avoid egg yolks, after all, they contain vitamins, calcium, omega-3sand choline.

Furthermore, there is another study published by The Telegraph that claims eggs have a chance to reduce the risk of diabetes even if they contain a lot of cholesterol. According to them, if you eat 4 eggs per week you might reduce the chance of getting diabetes.

Besides, there are many factors that can influence such results, like the body-mass index, physical activity, smoking, eating fruits and veggies.

What Is the Best Choice?

If you have diabetes, you can eat eggs but in moderation. You can take three or four per week. But, if you eat only egg whites, you can eat more of them. However, it is important what you eat the eggs with and how you cook them.

Avoid unhealthy oils or butter and cook them in the microwave instead. Besides, you can always boil them and consume all the proteins that they contain. Of course, stay away from bacon, sausage and anything that has too much fat.

In the end, it is important to know what you eat and how much you eat it. Make sure you pick the right food for you that will be both beneficial and great for your overall health.

Source: HealthLine | The Diabetes Council | Diabetes Self-Management  | ADA | NCBI