The American Diabetes Association considers eggs an excellent choice for people with diabetes. That’s because one large egg contains only about half a gram of carbohydrates and 7 grams of high-quality protein as well as other important nutrients.
In the past, healthcare providers advised limiting egg consumption due to their cholesterol content. People living with diabetes have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease so you may wonder if the cholesterol in eggs should be avoided.
According to Healthline, your healthcare provider may monitor your blood levels of several types of cholesterol. High levels of some types of cholesterol in the bloodstream may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
More recent research suggests that a high intake of certain types of saturated fats and trans fat may play a much bigger role in heart disease than dietary cholesterol intake. Eggs can safely be included in a healthy diabetes eating plan.
What are the benefits of eggs?
A whole egg contains about 7 grams of protein. Eggs are also an excellent source of potassium, which supports nerve and muscle health. Potassium helps balance sodium levels in the body as well, which improves your cardiovascular health.
Eggs have many nutrients, such as lutein and choline. Lutein improves eye health and may improve heart health. Choline is thought to improve brain health. Egg yolks contain biotin, which is important for healthy hair, skin, and nails, as well as insulin production.
Eggs are easy on the waistline, too. One large egg has only about 75 calories and 5 grams of fat, a mere 1.6 grams of which are saturated fat. Eggs are versatile and can be prepared in different ways to suit your tastes.
You can make an already-healthy food even better by mixing in tomatoes, spinach, or other vegetables.