December 19, 2012

Eggs in the Diet May Improve Metabolic Syndrome

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eggsThe nutritional rap of eggs has been less than stellar in the last few years. If you’re trying to cut-back on cholesterol, it’s public enemy #1. However, a recent study found that including whole eggs as part of a weight loss diet may help with metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of at least three of the following risk factors: large waistline, high triglycerides, low HDL elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and excessive blood sugar. About 34% of Americans have metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately, metabolic syndrome is closely related to the likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The study evaluated middle-aged men and women with metabolic syndrome. The participants consumed either three whole eggs or an equivalent amount of egg substitute daily as part of a carbohydrate-restricted, weight loss diet. Although participants eating the whole eggs were consuming twice as much cholesterol as they had at the beginning of the study, the researchers observed no effects on total blood cholesterol or LDL cholesterol levels after 12 weeks on the diet.

All participants, including those consuming whole eggs, had improved lipid profiles with less bad LDL and more good HDL fats in the blood. The lead investigator commented on how the consumption of egg yolks in the high-risk population of metabolic syndrome contributed to health benefits across the board.

The moral of this study may be more filling than the empty promises a calorie restricted diet offers the metabolic syndrome ridden population. If you’re a VIP in the “3 risk factor” club, the 3 eggs a day pass applies to you. It is, after all, the incredible, edible egg.

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