The consumption of one egg per day seems to be associated with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The findings have been published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.
Eggs remain one of the most controversial foods. The high intake of eggs has traditionally been discouraged, mainly due to its high cholesterol content. However, eggs are also a rich source of many compounds that can have beneficial health effects. This means that the health effects of consuming eggs they are difficult to determine based solely on their cholesterol content.
In the study, blood samples from men who ate more eggs included certain lipid molecules that correlated positively with the blood profile of men who remained free of type 2 diabetes.
In some studies, high cholesterol diets have been associated with impaired glucose metabolism and the risk of type 2 diabetes. In contrast, in some experimental studies, Egg consumption has led to a better glucose balance.
Although it is too early to draw causal conclusions, we now have some suggestions about certain egg-related compounds that may have a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. More detailed research with cell models and intervention studies in humans using modern techniques , such as metabolomics, are necessary to understand the mechanisms behind the physiological effects of egg intake.