January is when many people go on diets. As such, they become very concerned about they’re taking into their body and the fats they eat. If you’re going on a diet, then, you may be wondering if you can still eat those delicious eggs your chickens are laying each morning.
While the amount of fat can vary depending on the egg, in general, two large eggs contain 11 grams of fat. This breaks down to 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, and 5 grams of monounsaturated fat.
But what is the difference between these types of fat? Should they all be avoided? Not necessarily.
There are two types of unsaturated fat: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. These types of fats are considered the healthy kind of fat. Monounsaturated has anti-inflammatory health benefits that can help you maintain a healthy heart. Polyunsaturated can support a healthy brain, nervous system, and heart. The most common type of polyunsaturated fat is Omega-3 fats, which are found in fish, seafood, and, of course, eggs.
Saturated fats are not completely unhealthy, but they should be eaten in moderation. The 3.5 grams of saturated fats found in eggs is perfectly fine to eat each day, so long as you don’t also keep eating the saturated fat found in cookies, doughnuts, and other types of unhealthy food. So, don’t cut out saturated fat completely (we still need it), but be careful not to eat too much of it.