Thursday, 5 September 2019

Are Eggs Good For You? - What Science Says


You know eggs, and I don't have to define it to you.
Eggs in a crate

Eggs are produced by chickens and are one of the most loved foods, however, there are some unanswered questions we need to answer about eggs, which includes;

Are eggs healthy?

How many eggs should I eat per day?

What are the health benefits of eggs?

And as we move together in this article, we answer some of these questions.

Are Eggs Healthy?


The issue about the healthiness of eggs is probably one of the most debated issues in the world of food health.
While many scientists are of the opinion that eggs are dangerous, others say eating from every single bird in the United States is perfectly normal.

Let's go to see what scientists have to say, then conclude and see if eggs are good for us.

No Eggs At All?


While many studies are of the opinion that eggs are healthy and normal, many other researches support that eggs should be banned.

For example, a study published on JAMA is opined that eating more eggs is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and premature death.

The Study.


The study analyzed data on nearly 30,000 adults through 31 years of monitoring.

Already, researchers had already agreed that consuming 300mg of dietary cholesterol per day would be dangerous as it increases the rate of incident cardiovascular diseases by 17 percent and early death (by any cause) by 18 percent.

On egg yolk contains 185mg!

Egg lovers don't cry, because you're going to laugh soon. Read on.

According to the study, eating just 3-4 eggs per week was associated with 6 percent increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and 8 percent higher risk of any cause of death.

So, eating two eggs per day, you're boosting your risk of cardiovascular diseases by 27 percent and risk of early death by 34 percent, the study said.

While speaking to Runner's World, lead researcher Wenze Zong said the study does not suggest there is a safe amount for consuming eggs.

In a different study, it was reported that in 30 percent of people, eggs are linked with mildly raised total and LDL cholesterol (also known as the bad cholesterol).

Also people with some genetic disorders such as hypercholesterolemia or APOE4 are advised to avoid eggs as it is reported to cause adverse effects in them.

But wait, before you start throwing away your eggs, should you not try to know the other side of the story?

Three Eggs A Day?


According to an article published on healthline eggs are so safe that eating three whole eggs per day is perfectly safe.

Were you smiling?

He gave his reasons.

We'll be looking at the healthiness of eggs mainly from his angle.

According to a well known fact, an egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a cell into a baby chicken.
Chick in an egg

A single large hard boiled egg contains the following nutrients.

Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA (stop racking your brain, it means Recommended Daily Amount).
Folate: 5% of the RDA.
Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.
Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA.
Selenium: 22% of the RDA.
Apart from the above mentioned nutrients, it also contains many other nutrients in micro quantity. Some of these which may include Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Carotenoids letein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium and zinc.

Cholesterol?


As mentioned earlier, eating 300mg of dietary cholesterol may be fatal. A normal egg yolk contains 185mg.

Meaning?

Completely eating two eggs daily for a long time is very dangerous?

No.

According to research, eggs raise no cholesterol in 70 percent of people.

Why?

According to recent researches, there is actually no strong correlation between the amount of cholesterol you consume your blood cholesterol levels.
The reason for this is that your body (liver to be precise) produces cholesterol. The more you consume, the less it produces.

However, much investigation and research is going on this.
Also, eggs are linked with increasing your HDL (High Density Lipoprotein). Also called the good cholesterol.
And, the higher your HDL, the lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

In another study, eating 2 eggs every day for six weeks will increase your good cholesterol by 10%, according to the Healthline article.

More Eggs Less Calories.


As a high protein food, eggs are super-filling, because we know protein is the most satisfying macro nutrient.
Egg sandwich

Also, on the satiety index scale, eggs score high. Satiety index scale measures the ability of a food to cause fullness and reduce later calorie intake.

In a study of 30 overweight women, eating eggs instead of bagel for breakfast increased the feeling of fullness and this will subsequently reduce their calorie intake for the next 36 hours.

An Egg In My Eyes?


Are eggs really good for the eyes?

Scroll up to where I highlights the importance of eggs.

Did you take note of the two nutrients; Carotenoids letein and zeaxanthin?

These nutrients will go to stay in your retina and helps to to protect you from ultraviolet rays of the sun, macular degeneration and cataracts.

However, eating eggs for these is not recommended, as I already said it exists in the eggs in a micro quantity.
What you should eat for these are nutrients are plants like pumpkins and other leafy vegetables, asparagus, carrots, kiwi, grapes, peas, etc.

SEE: Causes, Preventions And Treatment Of Cataracts

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What Do I Think.


After seeing all these, I'd like you to read it all and leave you to make your decision, yourself.

But to make things easier, we should aid ourselves in thinking. So, I'll give you my thoughts here and I'll love you to drop yours in the comments.

Now, I think I will rather be safe than sorry. So, according to the above argument, I think both sides are a kind of right.

Moderation is key, so, you shouldn't say because Healthline said three eggs per day is completely safe, then you should start eating and meal of eggs every now and then; remember, the JAMA publication might be right too!

For me, an egg a day coupled with enough physical activity should be safe for everyone, but if you would like to be completely safe, try three to four per week.

Remember this is just my own opinion and is not backed by any medical or scientific research or evidence.
I'd like to know your opinion in the comments below.

Drop one and have a nice day.

I'll like to know what you think!
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