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He A Lt H Y Cuisine

he a lt h y cuisine As Dr. Walter Willett said in his book “No research has ever shown that people who regularly eat eggs have more heart attacks than people who don’t eat eggs.” Nada. A professor and the former chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, he’s speaking from years of careful study, tracking the eating habits of more than 100,000 people at a time. In fact, he’s one of the most cited researcher­s in all areas of science. When asked about a study published in JAMA in 2019 (which sparked headlines suggesting the debate had yet again been reopened), he said the analysis was weak and doesn’t change the conclusion based on the overall body of evidence: that essentiall­y there isn’t a relationsh­ip between the two things. The main exception, and an important one, appears to be people with diabetes, for whom there is a more serious increased risk of heart disease associated with eating eggs too often. Eggs are packed with vitamins, relatively low in calories, and very low in saturated fat, and even provide some unsaturate­d fat. They’re also a highly affordable form of protein — especially compared with meat. Plus, as with everything we eat, you have to look at the full package of relative goodness a food provides, not just through the lens of nutrientce­ntrism. They’re culturally relevant to many cuisines and easy to cook — a hot plate or even a microwave will do. For all these reasons, eggs can play an important role in supporting food security for lowincome families, students living on limited budgets, and many others. Having said this, the recurring question of “as opposed to what” means that although eggs are fine, if the goal is to eat for optimal health, they’re a better breakfast choice than bacon or other processed meats, as well as sugary cereal and white bread, but not nearly as good as one made up of whole grains, nuts, and fruit. Now that you know that heart health isn’t reason to rain on eggs’ parade, and you can eat up to an egg a day guilt-free, what else might you factor into the decision to eat them or not? Two main things: First, on the bright side, eggs score high for providing a heavy dose of protein while leaving only a light footprint on the planet, according to the World Resources Institute’s Protein Scorecard. Second, on the dark side, beware of animal welfare concerns when buying eggs, because different producers treat egg-laying hens differentl­y, and the status quo isn’t pretty. Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, “Eggs are culturally relevant to many cuisines and easy to cook — and can play an important role in supporting food security for many.” C U I S I N E AT H O M E .CO M