In a new study, researchers found that eating one egg every day may help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
This is because eating eggs seems to linked to a blood metabolite profile that is related to lower diabetes risk.
The research was done by a team from the University of Eastern Finland.
Eggs remain one of the most controversial food items.
High intake of eggs has been discouraged due to their high cholesterol content.
However, eggs are also high in many bioactive compounds that can have beneficial effects on health.
This means that the health effects of eating eggs are hard to determine based solely on their cholesterol content.
Previously, the team had found that eating roughly one egg per day was linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes among middle-aged men.
In the new study, they wanted to explore potential compounds that could explain this health effect.
They tested the blood samples of men who ate more eggs and found certain lipid molecules that linked to the blood profile of men who remained free of type 2 diabetes.
They also found several biochemical compounds that predicted the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, including the amino acid tyrosine.
The team says that the results may partly explain the link between eating eggs and the lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The findings may help with future work that examines how egg-related compounds may have a role in type 2 diabetes development.
The lead author of the study is Stefania Noerman from the University of Eastern Finland.
The study is published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.
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