Is indulging in eggs beneficial for health?

May 3, 2024 | 10:04 pm PT
With high liver enzymes, my husband consumes two boiled eggs daily. Is this impacting his health? (Khanh Ly, HCMC)


Eggs are rich in proteins, fats, amino acids, choline, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. On average, a large egg weighing 50 grams provides 72 calories, 6.2 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat.

The cholesterol content in an egg yolk is notably high, ranging from 180-200 mg. Regular consumption of more than one egg per day is considered excessive and may lead to increased cholesterol levels, which can put strain on the liver and elevate the risk of atherosclerosis.

Sliced boiled eggs on white plate with green parsley leaves. Illustration photo by Unsplash

Sliced boiled eggs on white plate with green parsley leaves. Illustration photo by Unsplash

To date, no studies have definitively shown that consuming boiled eggs is detrimental to liver health. Nevertheless, individuals with liver issues such as hepatitis, fatty liver, or elevated liver enzymes are advised to limit their egg intake to two to three eggs per week and consider alternative nutritious food options.

People with liver conditions are also recommended to reduce their consumption of high-cholesterol foods like cheese, beef, fatty fish, yogurt, fried or deep-fried foods, fast food, processed meats, and animal organ meats to keep their daily cholesterol intake under 300 mg.

Elevated liver enzymes may indicate liver cell damage or inflammation. Conditions such as non-alcohol-induced fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis, drug-induced hepatitis, or liver fibrosis often accompany high liver enzymes, making it crucial for affected individuals to obtain medical consultation for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Dr. Tran Thi Tra Phuong

Nutrihome Nutrition Clinic System

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