This Is How Many Eggs You Can Really Eat In A Day

Eggs are great. Not only are they delicious, they are also a versatile and necessary ingredient in a number of recipes (pasta dough, cakes, and even salads come to mind). But, like Health Digest reports, eggs haven't always gotten the love they deserve from people or the scientific community at large. Simply put, eggs have been having a bit of an eggs-istential crisis. For much of its recent history, the food has been seen as somewhat devilish, and volleyed between superhero and super-villain (via The Daily Beast).

Health Digest explains that prior scientific research had found eggs impacted the body's cholesterol in negative ways, until those tests were redone years later and that theory was ceremoniously debunked. Although, if you ask David Spence, a professor of neurology at the University of Western Ontario, he would tell you that you should still exercise caution when it comes time to consuming eggs. Spence, who has not eaten an egg yolk in over 40 years, explains that much of his research suggests that people should not go overboard with the food.

So, how many eggs can you really eat each day?

How many eggs you can eat per day all depends on who you ask. A Healthline report claims that you can safely eat up to three eggs each day, claiming that eating eggs can actually positively influence the body's good cholesterol (also known as HDL) and citing a study that found 70 percent of participants who ate up to three eggs per day did not experience an increase in their bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Now, if you ask Harvard Health Publishing, you can safely eat about seven eggs each week (bring on the omelets!). The outlet praises eggs for being somewhat low in calories and saturated fat, while also being rich in protein and vitamins. Eggs are also reported to carry nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin (which are great for your eyes), and choline (which supports the brain and nervous system). Eat This, Not That! paints a similar story to Harvard Health. Jim White, RD, ACSM, and owner of Jim White Fitness Nutrition Studios, suggested to the outlet that people shouldn't consume more than 1-1/2 eggs a day. They point out that the American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol each day, and that eggs have about 185 milligrams of cholesterol each, backing up White's egg recommendation.