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Eggs Are Good For Me

Updated on December 26, 2015
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I Don’t Know About You, But Eggs Are Definitely Good For Me

Yes, eggs are definitely good for me because I like eating eggs. Many years ago the so-called medical experts warned against eating too many eggs, especially egg yolks. I am a very cynical person. So when my friend avoided eating even a bit of egg yolk during lunch together, I ate on his behave. So I ended up, not in the hospital, but eating my one egg plus another egg yolk! I told him I couldn’t care less about what those medical experts said because my gut feelings told me that eggs are definitely not that bad. I told him that one day other medical experts would come out with researches proving eggs are good for us. True to my words, this is now happening. It is now more than 10 years since my lunches with my friend. And I am as healthy as can be for a person over 60, and still devouring lots of eggs, including the egg yolks!

An About-Turn On The Perception Of Eggs

I have been receiving viral emails about the fallacies on the health dangers of eating eggs. Now these medical experts seem to favor eggs for healthy living. I shall not quote the relevant sources for I really don’t care, for this is not an academic treatise. The purpose of this article is to share with you that now the experts are saying eating eggs are beneficial after all. The choice is yours. I am here not to prove or disprove anything.

Below are the new findings for the goodness of eggs:

  • Eggs are good for growing children. One egg contains 6 grams of high quality protein and all the 9 essential amino acids. One egg only contains 5 grams of fat of which only 1.5 grams are saturated fat. Eggs are rich in tryphophan, selenium, iodine, and riboflavin (vitamin B2).
  • Eggs do not cause elevation of blood cholesterol. Surprisingly, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. There is no great correlation between eating eggs and heart diseases.
  • Eggs have low energy value and are suitable for those into caloric-restrict diet.
  • Eggs have very high protein quality and nitrogen retention value, useful in post-surgical care diet.
  • Eggs contain vitamin D in its natural form which is best for health.
  • Eggs prevent cancer, especially breast cancer.
  • Eggs are very rich in sulfur-containing amino acids, methionine, which blocks free radicals from causing diseases such as cancer.
  • Eggs promote healthy growth of nails, hair and skin.
  • Eggs contain carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for the eyes. They lower the risk of developing cataracts.
  • Eggs contain choline. One egg contains 300 mg of choline. Choline helps regulate the functions of the brain, nervous system and cardiovascular system.
  • Eggs contain the chemical element selenium preventing heart-related problems.

Are Eggs Bad For Health

The main contention that eating eggs is not good for our health is based on the high level of cholesterol in eggs. One large egg has about 186 mg of cholesterol, all of which are found in the yolk. The American Heart Association (AHA) sets a limit of 300 mg per day of cholesterol for a person. This means that eating two eggs will exceed the limit set by AHA.

The rationale for this cholesterol limit is that if a person eats two large eggs or more, then his blood cholesterol will increase. High cholesterol in blood is believed to cause heart diseases. However, this assumption has been rejected for some time. Actually the main culprit is not cholesterol, but inflammation. Apart from that, research has proven that the cholesterol one consumes has little or no impact on the level of blood cholesterol. This is the explanation. Our body produces its own cholesterol, between 1 and 2 grams, which is 5 to 10 times the cholesterol in one large egg. If a person eats more cholesterol, the body will adjust and produce less cholesterol. Conversely, if one eats less cholesterol, the body will produce more to maintain the set level that the body needs. This means, diet actually does not greatly influence one’s cholesterol level; unless one only eats lots of cholesterol.

Actually, cholesterol is not bad for the body per se. Cholesterol is very important for maintaining a healthy body. There is cholesterol in each cell membrane. Cholesterol is one of the most important nutrients in the body and is responsible for growth. The brain also needs cholesterol for its proper development and function.

Unless the person has diabetes or any heart problem, eating a few eggs each day should not be a problem. At least this is what I feel.

My Personal Opinion On Eating Eggs

My personal "rule of thumb" is that I will continue to eat as many eggs as I choose, within reasonable limits. This is because I simply like eating eggs. Humans have been eating eggs for thousands of years. To me, the experts findings are not important, whether good or bad. For I know from common sense and personal knowledge that eggs have lots of nutritious values, and that is good enough reason for me to continue enjoying my eggs.

As for you, the choice is yours. There is no debate here.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is sourced from the internet, from friends and contacts, and from personal experience. This article does not claim the information provided is totally accurate and reliable. It mere expresses my personal opinion regarding the subject on eggs.

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      Justin Choo 

      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Good afternoon Tebo,

      Thanks for visiting and comment.

      When I was student at VUW, NZ way back in the early 70s, there used to be daily commercial in the radio, promoting eggs. When the lucky caller could repeat the special tag-line for the egg commercial, he/she would be rewarded with a carton of eggs. I have forgotten the tag-line, but something like eggs being a very versatile item in the kitchen.

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      tebo 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      I am no longer surprised when the "experts" do an about face and change what they previously claimed to be correct in regards healthy eating habits. They were so wrong about eggs weren't they? I like to eat eggs to keep up my B12 intake, being vegetarian, and also for the excellent protein content. Thanks for pointing out all the beneficial qualities of eggs.

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      Justin Choo 

      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Good afternoon thewritingowl,

      I suppose sometimes we just have to ignore the experts, and use our common sense and whatever human intelligence we possess, to decide for ourselves.

      Thanks for reading and comment.

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      Mary Kelly Godley 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      Nothing like a nice omelette I think. My dad loves his eggs but gave them up years ago because he was told he was allergic to them and they were bad for his asthma. Thirty years later he has now been told eggs aren't actually the problem after all and neither is the asthma. Voted up.

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