Why Do Eggs Have a Bad Reputation?
In the late 70s, eggs got a bad reputation because health practitioners discovered that high amounts of cholesterol in the blood could increase our risk of heart disease. Physicians of that era thought (incorrectly, it turns out) that eating high-cholesterol foods would significantly increase blood cholesterol, so they began advising their patients to stop eating foods high in cholesterol, like eggs, which have 200 milligrams.
In recent years, however, research has provided us with a more accurate understanding of the difference between dietary cholesterol (in foods we eat) and blood cholesterol (the amount of cholesterol our bodies make). That is, 80 percent of our blood cholesterol is manufactured by our liver and our small intestine – not from the foods we eat.
Today, we know that blood cholesterol is not affected very much by dietary cholesterol. In fact, foods high in saturated fat, trans-fat, and processed sugar are much more of a cholesterol-raising concern. Also, our blood cholesterol levels are affected by genetics, as well as age and gender.
All of this means that if you like eggs, and they like you back, you’ll be glad to know they have been eggs-onerated and are back from eggs-ile (I’m so sorry…I couldn’t help myself). Eggs contain NO trans-fat, and a very small amount of saturated fat, making them a great source of protein for healthy people. Note that people with diabetes and heart disease are still cautioned to limit their egg intake.
What Makes Eggs Eggscellent?
• Protein. Protein is a necessary nutrient – it builds and maintains muscle, which helps reduce fat. It supports brain function and boosts our metabolism. As part of a healthy meal, it helps us feel satisfied, longer. A study cited by Healthline showed that women who added 15-30% more protein to their daily meals consumed significantly less food overall.
• Choline. Choline has been hailed as “brain food” because studies show it may reduce the risk of memory loss and cognitive lapse as we age. Egg yolks are packed with choline. Choline is also necessary to maintaining healthy liver and nerve function, and energy and metabolism levels.
• Vitamins. Eggs also contain A, D, E, K and B complex. A and E are powerful antioxidants important to the health of eyes, bones, skin, immune system, and so much more. D, a fat-soluble vitamin that helps your body absorb calcium, supports strong bones and teeth, and may prevent osteoporosis. K is important to ensure proper blood clotting and healing health. B complex is a group of essential nutrients that help us maintain energy by converting our food into fuel. B vitamins also help fight depression, mood swings, and brain fog.
• Minerals. Two biggies, especially calcium and zinc. Calcium is necessary for healthy teeth and bones, and may reduce the risk of bone loss as we age. Zinc is critical for a healthy metabolism, immune system, and cell function, among its many powerful benefits.
• Omega 3s. You know this one – the same nutrient found in chia seeds, flax seeds, and salmon/fish oil. Omega 3s reduce inflammation; improve bone and joint pain; help boost brain function, and may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and stroke. Many studies show that Omega 3s also cut in half the risk of colon cancer and lower the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
The 5 Most Important Health Concerns for Women Guide
Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the health concerns and screenings you hear you should pay attention to?
Do you need a quick and simple low-down on what you should be concerned about?
I used to put off health screenings and finding out about my risk levels. In an effort to make sure you don’t behave like the old me, my guide highlights the health concerns you should be monitoring and give you risk factors for them. Get my guide to learn about your risks for:
- Breast cancer
- Heart disease
- Colon cancer
- Type-2 diabetes
- Cervical cancer