Eggs have been pretty controversial when it comes to diabetes. Past research has shown mixed results regarding the development of diabetes type II. However, a new study highlights that eating eggs in moderation does not increase the risk of developing diabetes type II.
As per researchers of this study, having an egg daily does not swell the risk of diabetes although this does not apply to those who suffer from diabetes type II already.
Details Of The Research
Investigators of this study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research learned that certain metabolites were found in people with diabetes type II were linked with metabolites found among people who ate fewer eggs. However, these metabolites were not found among people who consumed more eggs.
Metabolites are substances that are produced during metabolism. Researchers learned that these links showed up among people who ate an average of one egg in a day. Other researchers have come up with mixed conclusions on the role of eggs in a healthy diet.
A 2015 study concluded that a moderate intake of egg may help lower the odds of diabetes type II. The latest study was conducted to explore these details further. Sandra J. Arevalo, MPH, RDN, a spokesperson for the American Association of Diabetes Educators clarified that the confusion with eggs is due to the cholesterol content.
She told Everyday Health, “There is a lot of confusion over eggs… I think it comes from the fact that we’ve been concerned about high cholesterol and had the perception that eggs were bad. But new research has come out, and now we know that even though eggs are high in cholesterol, they don’t affect body cholesterol levels as much as we thought.”
Moreover, eggs don’t contain carbs. They are packed with proteins. When it comes to diabetes type II, carbs are the culprit, not proteins. This makes eggs safe for diabetes.
How Many Eggs Are Safe To Eat?
Excessive egg intake, say two eggs in a day, can chip in risk of heart disease. This is mainly due to the fat and cholesterol content. Often, patients of diabetes die due to heart disease.
As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CBD), people with diabetes are at a two times risk of dying due to heart disease than people without diabetes.
This clarifies that you can get diabetes by eating eggs. So, one egg in a day is safe to take. The egg eating habit in the US has changed over the past 70 years as shown by studies from time to time.
As per the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), egg intake per person has declined from 389 eggs in a day to 236 eggs per year from 1950 to 1990. However, consumption has increased since then with an average consumption of 247 eggs per day in 2008.
In a nutshell, the latest research says that a moderate intake of eggs is healthy and it does not increase the risk of diabetes type II.