August 26/London/The Star(South Africa) -- Eating eggs is healthy again.

It used to be thought there was a link between eating cholesterol-rich foods such as eggs and an increase in blood cholesterol levels.

However, researchers have found that people who ate two eggs per day while on a calorie-restricted diet not only lost weight -- but also reduced their cholesterol levels.

The team fed two eggs per day to almost 50 overweight but otherwise healthy volunteers for 12 weeks. Another group followed the same diet, but cut out eggs. Both groups saw a fall in the average level of blood cholesterol.

From the September 2, 2008, Prepared Foods e-Flash