It is a mainstay of the breakfast and brunch menu, be it poached, scrambled or fried.
Rich in protein the humble egg is an important part of a healthy diet. But, that was not always deemed the case. For decades the trusty egg was vilified - struck off for it's high-cholesterol content.
A typical egg contains around 186 mg of cholesterol - accounting for a large portion of the daily recommended amount of 300mg. And so, when studies linked high-cholesterol with heart problems, the egg and other high-cholesterol foods were deemed dangerous, prompting doctors and dietitians to advise restricting egg consumption.
However, in 2000 the American Heart Association revised its recommendations, suggesting it is safe to eat an egg a day. And now, a new study has added weight to that advise.
Scientists found a relatively high intake of dietary cholesterol has no effect on the heart. Eating the equivalent of one egg every day does not increase the risk of heart attack, they concluded. Thus, a high-cholesterol diet should not be associated with cardiovascular disease.