BLOG - There is no need to hide your Easter eggs this year! New dietary guidelines are removing previous limitations and suggesting that dietary cholesterol is no longer a nutrient of concern. While this news may come as celebration to egg-lovers everywhere, the new recommendation supports research that has been communicated by dietitians for over a decade.
The new guidelines suggest that although dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol sound the same, the similarities end there. Concerns regarding the ability of LDL cholesterol to cause cardiovascular damage have caused many to stay away from cholesterol containing foods. However, the amount of cholesterol in our body is more likely influenced by the amount of saturated fat in our diet than by the amount of cholesterol we consume.
The removal of dietary cholesterol restrictions allows healthy foods, such as eggs and seafood, to be highlighted for their nutritive value without uncertainty. In fact, eggs SHOULD be consumed for their heart-healthy nutrients. A trio of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin E is found inside every egg and can actually protect the heart from excess cholesterol that results in the blood after eating a diet high in saturated fat.
You may recall from previous posts that not all eggs have the same benefits. The nutritional value of your carton relies on the ability of eggshells to preserve the nutrients inside. Unfortunately, the longer an egg waits before it is cracked on your stove, the more vitamins and minerals are lost. This means that buying fresh and local eggs is the most effective way to ensure the quality of your eggs.
As your neighborhood store, Stewart’s Shops picks up all of its eggs every day from Thomas’ Poultry Farm in Schuylerville, making them some of the freshest and most nutritious eggs you can find! Stop into your local shop this weekend to pick up a fresh carton for your Easter brunch and make your holiday a delicious, yet heart healthy one. And you may even consider asking the Easter bunny for an extra dozen this year!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.