Eggs – Chickens gift to Man
Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrients. They are a great source of protein – two 60g eggs contain 12.7g of protein. They are also very low in carbohydrates. They are a great source of omega-3, Vitamin A and E, B Vitamins, Iodine and Selenium.
Vegetarians are at risk of becoming B12 deficient as this vital vitamin is only found in animal products. Eating eggs can keep them B12 replete.
Eggs are also versatile – you can eat them for breakfast in an omelette, scrambled or poached, boiled in a salad for lunch or mashed with some cottage cheese, avocado and lemon juice for a snack. This can boost the protein and nutrient content of your meals.
Lets de-bunk some myths about eggs:
1. They increase your cholesterol levels: WRONG!
Dietary Cholesterol Isn’t Bound to Blood Cholesterol. There is little-to-no relation between dietary cholesterol and higher blood cholesterol levels, nor any legitimate link between dietary cholesterol and the incidence of heart disease.
The Human Body Makes Cholesterol. Your liver makes 3-6 times more cholesterol than you can get eating eggs and/or other animal products.
Cholesterol is Vital To Your Body. You need it for the production of steroid hormones like testosterone and also to build & repair cells (which is a perpetually occurring process in the human body).
So yes, eggs themselves are high in cholesterol, but no, consumption of eggs does not cause a spike in human cholesterol levels.
2. Shouldn’t I avoid the yolk as its high in fat?
NO! The yolks are SO nutritional!!! Yes, eggs are fairly high in fat. Roughly 5 g of fat per egg to be exact but it’s a mixture of saturated and non-saturated fats with the following benefits:
• More Vitamins. The yolk is full of vitamins A, D, and E. Vitamin D is especially important since most people are vitamin D deficient, and eggs are one of only a handful of foods that provide dietary vitamin D.
• Twice The Protein. Eating whole eggs (egg white and yolk) doubles the protein intake you’d get eating egg whites only because the yolk contains half of the protein (3 g of the 6 g). This protein also happens to be the highest quality protein in the world, according to the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of the World Health Organization.
• Increased Testosterone Levels. Saturated fat and cholesterol increase testosterone production. Both are heavily present in the egg yolk. Testosterone levels help build muscle, which is something that almost everyone could use more of, especially as we age (yes even you ladies!).
Don’t ditch the egg (or the yolk) – do your own research and see what you come up with.
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