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What are different myths and facts about egg? – Part 1

• The concepts about eating eggs is confusing over the decades.
• Around 1970s, it was advised to ‘go to work on an egg’.
• In 1980s, fears over salmonella in eggs forced sales to plummet.
• Around 1990s, worries regarding the amount of cholesterol in eggs lead to their bad reputation.
• At present, egg is touted as healthy take out especially ideal for children.

So which image is the right one?
• To set the record straight, investigation of several of the common health claims about eggs were done and facts were separated from fiction.

Myths and facts about Eggs

MYTH : Eggs are full of cholesterol so back up your arteries?
• The British Egg Information Service (BEIS) – an organization that was set up with the major egg producers in Britain – says that it is not a correct thing to say regarding eggs and cholesterol.
• Evidence put forth in the recent food and health forum in the Royal School of Medicine revealed that dietary cholesterol isn’t a significant reason for raising levels of cholesterol.

Earlier it was given that:
– One yolk contains 448 mg of cholesterol
– The typical daily volume of 290mg for girls
• People believed that high amount of cholesterol in the daily diet stimulated high cholesterol levels within the bloodstream.
• This lead to formation of furred arteries thereby raising the risk of the heart attack.
• But studies now show that it is the level of fats in the diet as opposed to the cholesterol that has a greater impact on raising the blood cholesterol levels.
• Eggs in reality are small in saturated fats.
• Research by the University of Washington observed that providing people with good blood cholesterol level of two eggs each day, coupled with a small-fat diet, raised their cholesterol level only slightly.
• But half the rise is of HDL cholesterol which is considered as the ‘good’ type.
• This type helps keep the arteries clean instead of clogging them up.
• The British Nutrition Foundation says that if you have an average cholesterol level and are also eating a well-balanced diet, it is safe to eat one egg per day without adversity in the blood cholesterol levels.
• The American Heart Association has advised that one egg per day is allowed.
• The British Heart Foundation still advises to simply have between two and four eggs per week.

Fact : Eggs might help prevent blindness?
• Eggs contain certain nutrients that protect you against age-related blindness.
• The condition is known as age related macula degeneration (ARMD).
• This condition is the reason for half off blindness and sight problems in England.
• The illness occurs in light-sensitive cells in the macula.
• This is a section of the retina behind your eye.
• It gets damaged.
• Hence, you will not be able to determine colors or objects properly.
• Doctors have no idea precisely why macula commence to fail.
They consider that this could possibly be triggered by:
– free-radicals
– harmful chemicals from sunlight
– the atmosphere
– cigarette
• The Florida International University found that eyes contain higher degrees of a nutrient called lutein.
• Lutein protects the eye by forming pigments in the macula.
• The more lutein pigments in the eye, the less likely they are affected by ARMD.
• Lutein is not generated naturally in the body.
• Lutein can be found in egg yolks.
Increase your intake of lutein by eating leafy green vegetables like:
– Spinach
– Broccoli
– Kale

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