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Can Diabetics Eat Eggs?

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Posted on Jul 18, 2019, 4 p.m.

Most people with diabetes avoid eggs as the yolks are notorious for having high cholesterol content. But the American Diabetes Association recommends eggs to be included into the diet of those with diabetes. 

Eggs actually have a low glycemic index score, which means they have little effect on blood sugar levels. Eggs are also a great source of protein, one contains about 7 grams and is filling despite containing less than a gram of carbohydrates. 

Food & Function journal published a study reinforcing the idea of eggs being good for those with diabetes. The study investigated the effects of daily consumption on those who were prediabetic or had type 2 diabetes, and found after 12 weeks those that consumed 1 large egg a day had a 4.4% decrease in blood glucose levels, lowered insulin resistance, and no changes in cholesterol levels. Based on their findings it was concluded that one large egg a day may help to reduce the risk of diabetes without increasing blood cholesterol.

Eggs are also rich in potassium which is known to improve nerve and muscle health while supporting electrolyte balance. Daily consumption is also linked to eye health, heart health, improved cognitive health, as well as weight loss, growth, and development. 

Eggs are a rich source of choline that is essential for cognitive health. They contain good cholesterol which helps to lower bad cholesterol that can help to improve heart health. Eggs contain zeaxanthin, lutein, and vitamin A, which are antioxidants that help to protect against free radical damage leading to chronic diseases and prevent cataracts as well as vision loss caused by macular degeneration. 

The protein they provide is part of the building blocks of cell creation from hair to bones and organs. The vitamins, minerals, and protein in eggs provide energy and nutrient stability to help you feel full and avoiding snack assisting in keeping calorie intake down to help with weight management. 

These are just some of the benefits of eggs which may make them a good food choice, in moderation. They’re not just for breakfast anymore, and they can make a good addition to a salad. 

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