The Ideal Number Of Eggs You Should Be Eating Every Week

A healthy person should aim to eat a total of six eggs per week, those with health conditions like diabetes or high cholesterol should eat less and talk with their doctors about an optimal number.

By Kristi Eckert | Published


It’s virtually common knowledge that eggs contain many beneficial nutrients that can support a healthy lifestyle. Despite the fact that eggs currently cost an arm a leg thanks to a combination of an avian flu epidemic and intense economic inflation, they still remain an essential component of many diets. However, the current inflated prices of eggs raises the question: how many eggs does or should one consume in any given week? 

A New York City-based registered dietician Samantha Cassetty says that for most people, that magic number is six. “The past 20 years of research suggests that healthy people can safely eat six whole eggs each week,” Cassetty emphasized to the Food Network. However, this number is lower for people who suffer from certain diseases like diabetes. 

Cassetty noted that those with conditions that include diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease shouldn’t consume more than three eggs per week. Luckily though, egg whites don’t count against either limit. Hence, bulking up your breakfast with a few extra egg whites is perfectly fine to do and won’t harm your health. 

Consuming the ideal number of eggs suited to your body and personal diet has a range of benefits. One of the biggest pros of consuming eggs is that they can help promote a feeling of satiety for longer in exchange for a relatively low number of calories. According to data from the USDA, on average, one large egg contains about 70 calories and packs in a total of 6 grams of protein. 

Additionally, not only will eggs keep you feeling fuller for longer and thus help you to maintain a slim waistline, but Cassetty says they can also heighten your focus and make you feel more energetic. Suffice it to say added energy and focus can benefit everyone throughout their day-to-day activities.  

Moreover, the health benefits associated with eating eggs extend further than just giving someone a much need boost when they need it most. Eggs are nutritional powerhouses jam-packed with over a dozen vitamins and minerals. Some of the most highly concentrated include vitamin D, lutein, and zeaxanthin. 

Vitamin D helps in maintaining strong and healthy bones and can help prevent diseases like osteoporosis. The latter two, lutein and zeaxanthin, both benefit eye health. Cassetty also pointed out that eggs contain choline. 

“Choline is involved in memory and brain development in growing fetuses. Later in life, choline plays a role in moderating the inflammatory process, which is thought to be at the root of many diseases. As it happens, whole eggs are one of the top sources of this nutrient,” explained Cassetty. 

Needless to say, eggs are awesome. They offer a range of nutritional benefits that can play a vital role in staying fit and healthy. Best of all, eggs are exceedingly easy to cook, and even more than that, they pair well with virtually anything due to their neutral flavor. 

Some of the best egg recipes to try your hand at, according to Food Network, include the Mediterranean specialty Shakshuka and the French omelet. So go ahead and get scrambling, boiling, poaching, or frying. And most of all, happy cooking!