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CSIRO: links higher egg consumption to better quality diet
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Professor Manny Noakes have revealed new findings which show that higher egg consumption is associated with having a better quality diet.
Findings from the Healthy Diet Score report, indicate that Australians are consuming 5.7 eggs per week – almost an egg a day. Eggs can be recommend as an easy, low cost, protein and nutrient rich meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner to aid Australians in achieving a better quality diet.
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The Healthy Diet Score report summarises results from over 86,500 adults who have completed the scientifically validated online survey CSIRO Healthy Diet Score. The survey assesses an individual’s self-reported food intake against the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
According to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, there do not appear to be any increased health risks associated with consumption of eggs. There is recent evidence to suggest that consumption of eggs every day is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease.[i]
For good health, the Guidelines recommend daily inclusion of foods from the protein group, including eggs. Two large eggs (120g) provide one serve of protein, so eggs can be enjoyed as part of a variety of choices from this food group .
The new research showed that Australians under 35 are eating the most eggs, with consumers over 60 eating much fewer. This indicates that the older generation could be including more eggs in their daily diet to assist in meeting their daily nutritional requirements.
Professor Manny Noakes, BSc, Dip Nut&Diet, PhD, Research Director for Nutrition and Health at CSIRO, believes the research supports that eggs are OK every day.
“We need to encourage Australians to add more natural wholefoods to their diets for overall better health. Our research showed that higher egg consumption was associated with a higher diet quality score. Eggs are an extremely nutritious wholefood - a great choice for all in a healthy and balanced daily diet.”
Eggs are a wholefood source of high-quality protein and contain 11 essential vitamins and minerals - now everyone can reap the benefits of eggs every day.