We are celebration World Eggs Day TODAY! A day set aside to recognize the healthful role of eggs play in our bodies. I was mainly involved in the education the public on the health benefits of eggs and it can form part of their health diets. During the interactive sessions, I came to learn more misconceptions exist about eggs in our society.
Misconception# one gets better Proteins from other Animal Proteins
Egg contains the highest quality protein you can buy! Its quality is so high that egg protein sets the standard by which the value of all the other protein is measured. Egg protein has just the right mix of amino acids needed to build body tissues and muscles more efficiently than any other protein source. It is second only to mothers’ milk for Human Nutrition.
Misconception# Eggs are High in Cholesterol and Increases your risk to Heart Disease
Many people are avoiding eggs for fear of dietary cholesterol and the link to heart disease. As a result of this, many individuals are missing out on the beneficial of the incredible egg.
Recent studies find no link between eggs and heart disease. You may be surprised to learn that good fats and nutrients in eggs are beneficial to heart health. Two-thirds of the fat in an egg is of the healthy unsaturated fats. These kinds of fat that help protect the heart. The egg also contains nutrients such as selenium, choline, Lutein, B6 Vitamins and Folate that help protect against heart disease.
Reports from the Nurse’s Health Study, Health Professionals Follow up studies have shown that moderate egg consumption up to one a day does not increase heart disease in healthy individuals and can be part of a healthy diet. A 2008 report from the Physicians Health Study support the idea that an egg a day is generally safe for the heart, it also suggests that going beyond that could increase the risk for the heart failure later in life. However, for people with diabetes and heart disease, it is best to limit egg consumption to no more than three egg yolks per week.
Misconception# Pregnant women should not consume Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient usually depleted by pregnancy and nursing. Choline helps promote fetal brain development, memory function, prevent birth defects and supports normal performance of all the body’s cells. Eggs also naturally contain folate, another birth defect (spina bifida) preventing vitamin that also decreases the risk of low birth weight babies.
More Health Benefits of Eggs
#Good for Children Growth
The high quality of eggs supports muscle development vitals in the growth of children. They contain immune strengthening nutrients including vitamin A and zinc and antioxidant like vitamin E that work to maintain good health. Egg should be avoided for children below 1 year old to avoid allergens.
#Help prevents Macular degeneration and Cataracts
Eggs are a good source of highly bioavailable Vitamin A, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. They help to maintain a good vision and its has been shown to significantly lower the risk of age-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness affecting people over 65. These minerals are highly bioavailable and as a result they are more effective in preventing eye diseases than supplements or green leafy vegetables.
#Good for Athletes
The high-quality protein of eggs benefits everyone, but especially those who are physically active. This means they are most effective source for in rebuilding body tissues and muscle after workouts. They contain all nine of the essential amino acids required daily. Eggs also are a good source of vitamin D, which supports strong bones and teeth. Eggs contain vitamin E which helps to reduce oxidative stress after strenuous activities such as running, lifting weights or playing sports. Egg protein is also rich in riboflavin and phosphorus, two minerals that further support intense physical activity.
The truth is eggs are nature’s Large Vitamin Pill and a Mineral cocktail in a 100% natural packaging. They contain many of the essential vitamins and minerals required for a Healthy Diet.