How many eggs can I eat in a week?

This a question we often get asked as a Dietician.  Let’s review the latest research:

  • Eggs are a rich source of choline which helps with foetal brain development – it is recommended that a pregnant women eat one egg a day especially during her 3rd Trimester.
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two important nutrients found in yolk. When eaten, they protect the eye from being damaged by ultraviolet light. This reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts.
  • Eggs make you feel fuller for longer. Research has shown that when people eat eggs for breakfast, they consume fewer calories at lunch.
  • The high-quality protein in eggs results in better adherence to the diet and greater weight loss over time, and helps maintain muscle tissue during weight loss.
  • Eggs are an affordable source of high-quality animal protein.

But what about cholesterol?

Eggs can modestly raise the levels of both “good” and “bad” cholesterol, but they won’t affect the ratio of good to bad, which is the determinant of heart disease risk. In countries like the US and Canada and Australia eggs are now endorsed by heart health foundations.

Thus try and have 6-7 eggs per week! 


Antoinette du Plessis RD(SA)