New proposed FDA definition deems eggs healthy

Data shows no link between eggs and cardiovascular disease
calendar icon 29 September 2022
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Eggs are a 'healthy food,' according to a new proposed definition released yesterday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

"This proposed definition is more good news for egg lovers as it affirms the science showing that eggs are an all-around nutrient powerhouse, supplying nutrients such as choline, vitamin D, and essential fatty acids that are necessary for healthy living,' says Emily Metz, president and CEO of the American Egg Board.

This new proposed definition aligns with current scientific research and the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by removing the limit on dietary cholesterol, which is no longer considered a nutrient of public health concern. After decades of research on cholesterol, the data shows no link between eating eggs and cardiovascular disease risk.

According to the proposed definition, eggs 'provide important nutrients, and are specifically recommended by the Dietary Guidelines, 2020-2025 for inclusion in a healthy dietary pattern.' The proposed rule goes on to state eggs 'meet the updated 'healthy' criteria.

The proposed definition is not a finalised rule. There will be a 90-day comment period before FDA determines what the final rule will be.

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