They’ll clog your arteries and make you fat; they’re loaded with cholesterol; don’t eat more than two a week! That’s the old advice we were given about eggs.
But eggs aren’t what they used to be and experts now say there’s nothing wrong with eating one a day.
In years gone by eggs had a bad reputation because they were believed to have a high cholesterol content. But recent studies have shown their cholesterol content doesn’t raise bad cholesterol levels in the human body.
“The idea that eggs contain dangerous amounts of cholesterol and that they’re bad for you came from a flawed study done about 45 years ago and it’s just stuck in people’s minds,” says Kevin Lovell, chief executive officer of The Southern African Poultry Association.
Recently the US department of agriculture confirmed eggs are lower in cholesterol than they used to be and Lovell says the same applies to local eggs.
These changes have come about because of how hens are bred and what they eat, he says.
More hens are now being fed a high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet of feed made up mostly of corn, soya bean meal, vitamins and minerals.
THE BENEFITS OF EGGS *A study has shown eating eggs decreases the risk of breast cancer in women.
*Eggs are packed with nutrients. One large egg contains 13 essential minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins A, E, D and K, iron, folate and vitamin B12.
*Studies have shown that starting the day with an egg (as part of a low-kilojoule diet) helps you feel satisfied longer.
*Eggs contain choline which plays an important role during pregnancy because it’s critical for fetal brain development.
*Eggs are among the few natural food sources of vitamin D which is essential for calcium absorption and maintaining optimum bone health.
BE CAREFUL ABOUT YOUR EGG INTAKE IF YOU . . . *have a family or personal history of high cholesterol
If you’re in this “at risk” group you can still have an egg a day but you must limit cholesterol intake from other sources. You should consume only 200 mg of cholesterol a day and that’s more or less what’s in one egg yolk.
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