When you’ve got diabetes, the most important meal of the day can be the hardest one to figure out.
You know that the grains and sugars in typical breakfast foods — from cereal to doughnuts and pancakes — will spike your blood sugar and set you up for a crash later on.
And you may be equally afraid to eat eggs — because for decades, the mainstream has told us that the cholesterol in eggs can make you a sitting duck (or hen?) for cardiovascular disease.
That’s especially worrisome when you’ve got diabetes, since diabetics and even prediabetics tend to have higher levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol than non-diabetics.
But according to a new study, the mainstream has egg on its face on this one, because you can safely eat eggs without compromising your cardiovascular health — EVEN if you’re diabetic or headed that direction.
This is BIG news!
In the study, Australian researchers assigned a group of diabetic and prediabetic folks to a weight-loss diet that was either high in eggs (12 eggs per week) or low in them (two eggs per week).
After three months, members of the high-egg group didn’t show ANY signs of increased cardiovascular risk when compared to the low-egg group.
Whether they ate a couple of eggs or a dozen eggs each week, the participants’ cholesterol levels were pretty much equal.
The two groups also had about the same blood sugar and blood pressure levels and lost equivalent amounts of weight.
And that held true even after six months and one year of follow-up!
That means that regularly scrambling up some eggs WON’T impact cholesterol… worsen diabetes… or expand your waistline.
Translation: Eggs definitely aren’t the killers they’ve been cracked up to be!
In fact, eggs may actually LOWER your risk of cardiovascular disease.
A recent study showed that eating an egg each day slashes your stroke risk by 12 percent — likely because the omega-3 fatty acids in egg yolks can tamp down inflammation and help protect your arteries from damage.
Plus, the benefits of eggs don’t stop there. They’re rich in lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health… selenium to protect your liver… and choline that’s been shown to shield your brain from Alzheimer’s .
And since they’re packed with protein that fills you up and holds your blood sugar steady, eggs are actually the perfect breakfast choice for diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
So, whether you like them scrambled, poached, or sunny-side up, start your day with a wholesome plate of eggs.
You can also hard-boil some eggs to carry as on-the-go snacks, or you could whip up an omelet for a quick and satisfying lunch.
And when you eat eggs as a delicious part of the Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman” diet) — which eliminates the grains and sugars that make your blood sugar soar — you can even put your diabetes in reverse.