An Egg a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
by Dr. Bo Nielson
a good source of carotenoids in particular lutein and zeaxanthin. Iron, zinc, selenium
and phosphorous are some of the vital minerals contained in eggs. Choline, a vital
nutrient for nerve cell transmission, brain development and memory can also be
found in eggs. Did I also mention that eggs contain nine essential amino acids and
high quality protein? So in a nutshell, eggs have many of the nutrients we need to
What about eggs containing cholesterol?Yes, it's true; eggs do contain cholesterol
but not the kind that is harmful. Without "good" cholesterol we wouldn't be able to
survive. Cholesterol is essential for us as it helps the body create many hormones
and has hundreds of other important effects. Saturated fat from for example dairy
products, cakes and fatty meat is what contributes to raising our LDL (unhealthy)
cholesterol levels. Eggs are low on saturated fat and actually the yolk contains
lecithin, which is thought to dissolve unhealthy cholesterol. Studies show that
cholesterol in egg yolks has a negligible effect on blood cholesterol levels and that
eating an egg a day does not increase the risk of heart disease in healthy people.
Health benefits of eggss already mentioned, eggs are healthy and can prevent many
health conditions. Eggs are good for:
* Eggs may reduce blood pressure: Proteins contained in eggs have been found to
lower blood pressure.
* Eating eggs can help weight loss: Eating a breakfast consisting of eggs is filling and
can help reduce food intake throughout the day, which can greatly help weight loss.
* Eggs are good for the eyes: Eggs contain carotenoids, in particular lutein and
zeaxanthin, which are known to promote good eye health and prevent the risk of
developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
What I love about eggs is their long shelf life; they can be kept safely in the
refrigerator for up to a month. A piece of advice: eggs can absorb odors from other
food items in the fridge through the pores in their shells. To avoid this, keep eggs in
their original carton or alternatively you can put them in a closed container.
Eggs are good any way you cook them but I personally believe the healthiest thing is
to either boil or poach them. If you prefer scrambled or fried eggs, I highly
recommend not to use cooking oils such as olive oil and canola oil because they are
easily oxidized at high temperature which creates free radicals that can be harmful to
our health. A much better choice would be to use high quality, organic coconut oil or
even avocado oil.
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About The Author
Bo Nielsen, M.D.
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I think it makes perfect sense that
studies are proving that eggs are
healthy; why would a hen create an
unhealthy environment (egg) for its
chick? I, as well as many other
people I know, consume a lot of eggs
and quite frankly, I couldn't feel
better. They are inexpensive, easy to
prepare, are one of the highest
quality sources of protein an contain
large amounts of vital vitamins,
minerals and amino acids.
What's in an egg?An egg contains lots
of essential vitamins including
vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. It is also
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