Too much of a good thing is bad. And when it comes to eating healthy, even the healthiest food could have a negative effect on your health. Take for example eggs. This food has been demonized and has received it fair share of flak. It has been labeled as a leading source of cholesterol and is responsible for many of the cardio vascular diseases we see today.
But eating healthy does not necessarily mean eliminating an entire food group. Even eggs have health benefits and depriving ourselves of this food entirely could have negative effects on our health as well.
Cholesterol was believed to be a leading cause of heart diseases. It is responsible for clogging arteries and disrupts the normal flow of blood to the body. However, even cholesterol plays an essential role in keeping the liver and other organs healthy.
Egg contains a fairly generous of fat. But this is unsaturated fat which could also be considered as good fat or HDL cholesterol. LDL on the other hand is a type of cholesterol responsible for clogging blood vessels. HDL serves to remove LDL from artery walls and clear it.
Eggs could be a healthier alternative compared to sources of animal protein that contain large amounts of saturated fat. Many experts remain divided on how many eggs should an adult take daily. Some have been generous and pegged it at two as part of a healthy diet. Studies have even shown that people with elevated LDL cholesterol did not increase their risk for heart disease when eating eggs regularly.
The Good Side of Eating Eggs
Eggs are a rich source of nutrients. They contain a good amount of Vitamin B12, selenium, iron, choline, and other essential nutrients. These also are good sources for antioxidants that lower a person’s risk for cancer. Eggs that are sourced from free-range chickens are healthier.
Eggs are rich sources of protein. It is one of the healthiest and richest sources of protein.
The protein in egg whites is very easily utilized by the body, and is considered one of the best forms of natural protein available. It is often used by body builders or athletes as a source of protein, as it provides a high ratio of protein to calories with very little to no fat.
While eggs are not free of cholesterol, eating them does not raise cholesterol levels or increase the chances of heart disease. Eggs are a good addition to a healthy diet and can provide many benefits to those who eat them.
Eggs can be good for your heart
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating eggs helped maintain healthy blood pressure. Scientist further discovered that egg yolks contain tyrosine and tryptophan, two essential amino acids. Eggs are also twice as much richer in antioxidants compared to apples. However, frying or boiling eggs decreases the number of antioxidants by half.
Eggs today are healthier compared to those produced three decades ago. This is due to healthier feeds being supplied to farms. Eggs produced today contain twice the amount of Vitamin D and selenium. A single egg also contains 13 essential vitamins.
How many is too many
Surprisingly, the British Department of Health says that people could eat as many eggs as they want. However, this should be part of a healthy diet. Those who have a family history of high cholesterols are advised to check their egg intake. People who eat eggs daily are also advised to exercise daily.
Eggs contain twenty percent lesser fats, ten percent less cholesterol and thirteen percent fewer calories.
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