Apr 01, 2015 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

Over the years, eggs have gotten a bad rap. They contain cholesterol, which experts believed was the leading cause of heart disease. As a result, many people banished eggs from their diet. “More recent studies have shown that saturated fat, not cholesterol, is the primary contributor of heart disease,” says Susan Terry, MD, an internal medicine physician at University of Utah Health. “And eggs contain nutrients that may actually lower risk for heart disease.” Here are some of the many health benefits of eggs:  

Reduce Your Risk

Here are four steps to protect yourself from the bacterial infection salmonella, which has been found in eggs:

  • Discard cracked eggs.
  • Keep eggs refrigerated.
  • Cook eggs to 165 degrees before consuming.
  • Do not wash eggs before eating, but wash hands after handling eggs. 

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