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To Egg or Not to Egg – That is the Question?

Cast your mind back to ancient times, well maybe not that ancient, 1984 to be exact where Time magazine’s front cover depicted a sad face constructed out of a strip of bacon and two eggs. The premise was that Cholesterol was bad for your health and therefore eggs (which contain cholesterol) are therefore bad for you too.

Fast forward to 1999 where that same Time Magazine reposted the photo of the two eggs but altered the bacon to a piece of rockmelon and a smiling happy face. Thankyou modern science and research… eggs are back in the game!

Eggs are actually nutrient-dense foods – this means that they are rich in nutrients. Eggs provide high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (that the body requires for basic homeostasis), antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The egg even has a relatively low-calorie count. A recent scientific study titled “Eggs are healthy-even for high-risk groups” have even concluded that whole eggs can be a part of a heart healthy diet, even in those with existing coronary heart disease.

If you consume a healthy diet consisting mainly of wholefoods you’ll benefit from the nutrients in eggs including:

Folate (Vitamin B9) – For fetal development and red blood cell formation

Iron – For producing anaerobic energy, forming red blood cells and blood vessels

Zinc – For Growth and development and neurological function

Vitamin D – For immune system function and serum calcium levels

Lutein & Zeaxanthin – For eyesight

 

Due to the protein content of eggs they assist you in reaching satiety (fullness) sooner and they are so versatile that they can even be eaten at any time of the day – we’ve all had that sneaky, quick scrambled egg dinner before, haven’t we??

So exactly how many eggs should you eat? Well that is dependent on a number of aspects such as your current medical condition, lifestyle and overall day to day food choices. The Australian Heart Foundation now states that many people don’t actually need to worry about eggs and cholesterol and they have changed their guidelines around how many eggs can be eaten as part of a balanced diet.

The American Heart Association also no longer includes limitations on the number of egg yolks to be eaten, but it suggests that you limit your cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams daily, or 200 milligrams if you have heart disease or if your LDL is greater than 100. You choose where that cholesterol comes from!

 

So to egg or not to egg?…… We egg of course!

#overeggcited #eggtacular #eggstatic

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