Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding heart disease is top-of-mind for many Canadians, says Dr. Christian Constance, a professor and researcher in cardiology. His patients frequently ask what they can do to maintain a healthy heart and where eggs fit in to a balanced diet.
“The answer is yes, eggs can be included as a part of a healthy balanced diet,” he explains. “If you are concerned about your heart health, the best thing you can do is to be more active and eat foods that are lower in the saturated and trans fats found in processed and packaged foods. These unhealthy fats can raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease.”
Contrary to popular belief, the doctor tells us it's saturated and trans fats that pose the greatest risk for heart disease, not the cholesterol found in foods.
“Canadians need to understand that dietary cholesterol, like what's found in eggs, has very little effect on the cholesterol found in the blood. In fact, eggs—especially omega-3 enhanced eggs—contain healthy fats that can help benefit the heart.”
Dr. Constance reassures his patients that scientific studies show that eating an egg a day does not increase the risk of heart disease for most people. “An egg a day is okay,” he confirmed.
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