Eggs are one of the most controversial foods for people with diabetes. For many years eggs were considered a staple breakfast food and a great source of protein to start the day. Eggs are also a source of natural cholesterol, which can be concerning for people with diabetes and heart disease.
The research around egg consumption for people has been controversial, but recent consensus from researchers and statements by the American Diabetes Association has put egg consumption back in favour.
Why Eggs Can Benefit Diabetes
People with diabetes should consider eating eggs for many reasons. This is a low carbohydrate food (<1g) that is packed with protein. Protein helps the body feel full for longer after a meal and also supports muscle health. Eggs also contain antioxidants and vitamins and minerals that are important for overall health. Here are some other food suggestions that lower blood sugar.
What About The Cholesterol?
While eggs contain cholesterol, research shows that naturally occurring cholesterol in foods has little effect on raising overall cholesterol. Instead, highly processed foods that contain high saturated fat can increase LDL (bad cholesterol). In fact, research shows that regular egg consumption can improve blood lipids, reduce the risk of diabetes and improve fasting blood glucose levels.
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