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Why It's a Must Have: “Contrary to the advice you may have received a couple of decades ago, today’s eggs are a healthy protein source with a good amount of good fat and vitamins A, B, and D,” explains Dr. Brock. “They are also lower in cholesterol than previously thought -- some vary from 200-300 mg [per] egg depending on size, while others may be even lower because they were produced using chickens fed special diets that include flaxseed oil.” One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate just one egg per day reduced their risk of macular degeneration; probably due in part to the carotenoid content of the egg found in lutein and zeaxanthin, says Dr. Brock.
Budget Bonus: When it comes to buying eggs, don’t be persuaded by color, says Dr. Brock. “Egg size may matter a little (large eggs may contain slightly more cholesterol), but color is a different story altogether—don’t pay more for brown, lavender, or other colored shells. The nutritional value is the same and the color is due to the breed of chicken and it’s feathers. Brown eggs are produced from hens with red feathers and red earlobes.” Though regular eggs are safe to consume, if you’re concerned about hormones or antibiotic use in chickens, you may want to spend a little more on organic and cage-free variety eggs.
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