With the arrival of spring and Easter quickly approaching, now seems like the perfect time to discuss the egg.  Now that spring has sprung, farm fresh eggs are available all around. Duck, quail, and goose eggs serve as alternatives for those who may be sensitive to chicken eggs, and each provides a protein-rich option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But this brings up the age-old debate: are eggs bad for your cholesterol?

My answer is no. Our bodies depend on cholesterol to carry out everyday functions. If we deprive it of this necessary fuel, the liver is forced to make cholesterol on its own, leading to an overproduction of blood cholesterol and more health problems down the road. In addition, numerous studies have shown us that eating eggs is not connected to heart disease, except in people with diabetes.

Aside from being a great source of protein, eggs are packed with healthy nutrients, such as:
• Folate
• Riboflavin
• Selenium
• Choline
• Vitamin B-12
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin K
• Vitamin D
• Lutein & zeaxanthin (both great for eye health)

And according to two nutritional studies, eggs for breakfast as part of a nutrient dense, wholesome diet may also help us to lose weight. So don’t give up on your favorite omelet. It’s healthier than you may have realized!