When we talk about eggs, we don’t just mean frying them up for breakfast. They are one of the most versatile foods we can stock up in our home. Whether you make them into a meal all on their own or use them as ingredients in baked goods, chances are you probably find yourself cracking some shells on a pretty regular basis.
That makes us wonder, is it possible to eat too many eggs in one day? You might automatically believe the answer is “yes,” especially when taking into account their reputation for being unhealthy when it comes to heart-related ailments. While it may be possible to overdo it with your egg-based dishes, the fear of high cholesterol shouldn’t be a factor, according to a 2016 study published in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. “After 60 years of research, a general consensus has now been reached that dietary cholesterol, chiefly from eggs, exerts a relatively small effect on serum LDL-cholesterol and [cardiovascular disease] risk, in comparison with other diet and lifestyle factors.” Essentially, you don’t have to worry about a couple of eggs a week ruining your cholesterol report at your next doctor’s visit.
However, despite not having a major effect on your cardiovascular health, there is potential for other issues that are still being researched. A study from 2017 in the World Journal of Hepatology linked the consumption of more than two to three eggs a week with the possible development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. There’s no need to worry if you’ve already eaten more than three eggs this week, though, as the findings also state they need further research to know how the addition of other saturated fats affected the results.
Although there is no hard and fast rule stating the precise number of eggs you should consume in a day, most studies suggest stopping at three whole eggs. Again, that doesn’t mean you should feel free to scramble up an egg for all three of your meals in a day. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t be hyper-focused on any one type of food each day or throughout your week, regardless of how healthy it might seem while planning out your meals. Every person’s diet should also be taken into individual account with their doctor or nutritionist before deciding on any changes.