Health & Nutrition
Curing The Myths about Health (and Eggs.)
Article written by Jennifer O'Connell,
Sunday Business Post, 17th May 2009
The Myth that Eggs are bad for you...
Eggs have been the subject of bad press over the last few decades, and it’s understandable that there is confusion about just how many eggs are safe to eat per week.
Eggs are high in cholesterol, and a diet high in cholesterol can contribute to elevated blood cholesterol levels. However, the extent to which dietary cholesterol raises blood cholesterol levels is not clear, and new studies have shown that blood cholesterol is raised far more powerfully by saturated fat in the diet than by cholesterol itself.
Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why, says eggs have been falsely accused. ‘‘In the early 1970s, the American Heart Association declared the egg, with about 275mg of cholesterol, to be a heart hazard,” she says. ‘‘As a result, we’ve had decades of the abominable egg white omelette.
But egg yolks, which contain brain foods such as betaine, choline, and DHA, are excellent foods for first eaters and young children.”
Researchers found no conclusive evidence to link the consumption of eggs with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in a paper recently published in the British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin.
If your blood cholesterol is normal, the recommendation from the Health Promotion Unit at the Department of Health and Children is that you can eat up to seven eggs a week. If you have high blood cholesterol, the Irish Heart Foundation recommends you eat four to six eggs a week.
‘‘We’ve known for some time that eggs are good for the heart,” says Planck. ‘‘In 1999, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported - after studying 118,000 people - no evidence of an overall significant association between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, people who ate five or six eggs a week had a lower risk of heart disease than those who ate fewer than one egg per week.”
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