Are Eggs Safe & Healthy?

eggsSome years ago it was announced with a great deal of press support, that eggs were high in cholesterol and as a consequence posed a major threat factor in heart disease and strokes.

Further advances in the study of cholesterol sources and their effect on the human body have since taken place and have established that eggs posed no greater threat to high cholesterol levels than other foodstuffs and in fact, much less than animal and full fat dairy products such as meat, cheese butter, etc.

High blood cholesterol levels are most affected by ingesting fat, particularly saturated and trans fats, and not by cholesterol itself.

Eggs are as safe as any other food to victims of heart problems.

The Body Needs Cholesterol

Cholesterol is necessary for the efficient functioning of the human body, it is when the levels of cholesterol production in the blood exceed natures limits that heart and blood problems occur with the primary source of these problems being a diet consisting of excessive amounts of saturated and trans fats.

Egg Not Primary Source of Salmonella

Another misconception concerning eggs took hold around twenty years ago and that was that they were a primary source of salmonella food poisoning. At that time the legal profession was buzzing with no win -no fee sources of revenue.

Salmonella contamination of food largely takes place in hospitals, old folks homes, restaurants and other larger scale food preparation areas where standards of personal hygiene, particularly hand washing, are not carefully maintained.

To avoid being sued for damages due to negligence it became the norm to blame eggs as at that time their source could not be traced so no guilty party to claim damages from could then be held to account. In fact to the best of our belief no direct source of salmonella poisoning has been traced to an intact egg, although egg products, such as souffles etc. incorrectly stored or left out in a warm kitchen can become contaminated. Egg whites are recognised as a good base for growing cultures such as penicillin. Eggs are now traceable to their source in most developed countries.

Why eggs should be in a balanced diet

Eggs are a highly nutritional source of proteins, vitamins B2, B12 & D, Choline, and Carotenoids. When you think about it, eggs contain every essential to start a new animal life.

They contain a high proportion of quality protein, only a trace of carbohydrates and few calories.

  • Vitamin B2, known as riboflavin which the body uses to produce skin hair and nails and to absorb iron.
  • Vitamin B12 is required for producing red blood cells, growth and the nervous system, a deficiency can lead to anaemia.
  • Vitamin D is produced by the body when exposed to sunlight and is a necessity for healthy bones and good teeth. Deficiency can lead to osteoporosis and some studies have suggested that it also has a role to play in the onset of cancers, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. Apart from sunlight there are few foods that are a source of vitamin D, eggs being one of the most important and it is a fact that many are unaware that they suffer from a deficiency of this vital vitamin.

Proteins are made up of amino acids that are necessity for human life. Suffice to say that without the essential amino acids found in eggs and other food sources we would not exist. Their use is throughout the entire cell structure of the body and why, for example, protein is so important to body builders and athletes for building up muscle.

Eggs are one of the best sources for choline, necessary for the efficient functioning of the neural transmitters in the brain and of carotenoids, the lack of which results in macular degeneration leading to blindness.

Although eggs contain some fat, less than a third is saturated fat, the type that can affect cholesterol levels, the majority is monosaturated fats that have little or no adverse effect on health levels.

Cholesterol is contained in egg yolks and as we have said earlier the latest scientific evidence is that the human body does not absorb cholesterol from foods that contain high levels such as prawns. Embrace the Egg!

On a practical level, eggs are not only a highly nutritional source of essential products to a healthy life style packed into one small package, they are inexpensive and, as any cook will confirm, an amazingly versatile ingredient of many of the most delicious and popular recipes.

Without the egg the quality of our lives would be seriously affected. Just forget the past, out of date bad press and embrace the egg. As they say in the newspaper business, it’s the bad news that sells papers. Eggs are safe and healthy without a doubt.

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