• Deanne Pandey

The Mystery About Eggs

Be it a savoury or a sweet dish, eggs form a principal ingredient in most. Scrumptious French toast or Flavourful egg curry, eggs are an important component of our diets. Moreover, they are considered to be healthy and nutritious. But there is a recurring debate on its healthfulness. For a few decades there, eggs had a rather unwholesome reputation. Thanks to its high cholesterol content, the egg was deemed villainous. Years went by while many of us shunned eggs, ate only the whites, or ventured into the world of egg substitutes. There is yet an everlasting confusion as to whether eggs are healthy or not, especially when it comes to your heart. Eggs are cheap, satiating, and easy to find, and they're an excellent source of high quality protein. Your body is able to fully absorb all the protein from the eggs to help lower blood pressure.

Cholesterol Content

Though eggs provide protein, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, the yolk is also a major source of cholesterol. Cholesterol, a yellowish fat produced in our liver and intestines, can be found in every one of our body’s cells. We normally think of it as “bad”. But cholesterol is a crucial building block in our cell membranes. It also is needed for the body to make vitamin D, and the hormones testosterone and oestrogen. We produce all the cholesterol we need on our own, but it’s also found in animal produce we consume, including beef, prawns and eggs, as well as cheese and butter. While the cholesterol in eggs is much higher than in meat and other animal products, saturated fat increases blood cholesterol. When cholesterol is oxidised, it may be more inflammatory, and there are all kinds of antioxidants in eggs that protect it from being oxidised. Futhermore, some Cholesterol is a requisite for the body.

Confusion about yolks

Egg yolks are one of the best sources of lutein, a pigment that has been

linked to better eyesight and lower risk of eye disease, for example. The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. And brain development and memory may be enhanced by the choline content of eggs.

So, like every other food item, eggs also have their pros and cons. But eggs are highly nutritious and easy to cook. Even so, having eggs for breakfast every day probably isn’t healthiest option, either – at least as it’s recommended we have a varied diet, rather than put all our eggs in one basket.

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