Research: Whole Egg Consumption May Reduce Body Fat

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Whole egg consumption may attenuate body fat loss in type 2 diabetic rats.

Eggs in a bowl.

Eggs in a bowl.

It has long been postulated that eggs are unhealthy but the most recent studies have pointed to the opposite.  This month, one more study was released to show even more evidence that eggs are likely healthy and helpful in losing weight.  

The study was published in August of 2017 in the Journal of Nutrition[1].  The study looked at diabetic rats.  The rats were divided into two groups and one group was fed a diet that contained dry whole eggs.  Rats were fed their respective diets for 8 weeks. Whole egg consumption reduced body weight gain in rats with type 2 diabetes.  In fact, weight gain and percentage of body fat were reduced by ∼20% and 11% respectfully.  

The bottom line: Whole egg consumption attenuated weight gain and reduced percentages of body fat in type two diabetic rats.   This study makes it clear that eggs are helpful for reducing body fat and there is no reason to believe the same would not be true in humans, but more studies are needed.  

Footnotes
[1]Saande et al., “Dietary Whole Egg Consumption Attenuates Body Weight Gain and Is More Effective than Supplemental Cholecalciferol in Maintaining Vitamin D Balance in Type 2 Diabetic Rats.”
Saande, Cassondra J, Samantha K Jones, Kaylee E Hahn, Carter H Reed, Matthew J Rowling, and Kevin L Schalinske. “Dietary Whole Egg Consumption Attenuates Body Weight Gain and Is More Effective than Supplemental Cholecalciferol in Maintaining Vitamin D Balance in Type 2 Diabetic Rats.” The Journal of Nutrition, August 9, 2017, jn254193. doi: 10.3945/jn.117.254193
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ChuckH

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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