Eating an egg a day has been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Eggs are a controversial food item with medical experts discouraging people from eating too many eggs because of their high cholesterol content.
They are also, however, a rich source of many bioactive compounds that can have beneficial effects on health.
Researchers in Finland have found that eating an egg a day was associated with the lower risk of type 2 diabetes in middle aged men.
Blood samples from the men taking part in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study found that the men who ate more eggs were also the ones who remained free of type 2 diabetes.
“Although it is too early to draw any causal conclusions, we now have some hints about certain egg-related compounds that may have a role in type 2 diabetes development” says lead author of the study Stefania Noerman from the University of Eastern Finland.
Further detailed investigations with both cell models and intervention studies in humans that use modern techniques, such as metabolomics, are needed to understand the mechanisms behind physiological effects of egg intake” she adds.
The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.