Let’s be honest, most of the products that are part of our daily diet plan are existing not because we know its worth or importance but because we follow our diet routine blindly.
Nevertheless, a recent health study was conducted in China that has suggested people to eat an egg daily and that too with beneficial reasons we were oblivious about.
Key to beneficial lifestyle is an egg!
You might have heard the most celebrated saying, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away‘, but it’s time to improvise it a little bit.
This latest health report says, ‘an egg a day keeps the doctor and heart diseases away.’
Without further ado let’s see what the researchers and experts had to say regarding this health study:
A study of nearly half a million people in China suggests a daily egg may reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.
“One can deliberate on the many limitations and caveats of nutritional research, but the take-home message of this research from a large study from China is that at the very least up to one egg a day is not linked with raised cardiovascular risk, and at best up to one egg a day may even have health benefits,” this what Prof Nita Forouhi, of the University of Cambridge, had reviews regarding this work.
While the report has emphasized on having an egg to ensure healthy diet plan but we just can’t overthrow the side effects of daily intake of an egg.
So we tried to browse a little about the second side of the coin, that wasn’t very evident in this report.
Eating eggs – Where’s the line?
In order to address the aforementioned queries, we had to go deep into the report and doctors’ recommendations:
“One – even two – a day is absolutely fine,” says Dr. Frankie Phillips, of the British Dietetic Association.
“People shouldn’t be frightened of eating too many eggs.”
Perhaps the only caveat says Dr. Phillips, is that eating too much of any one particular food “means missing out on other nutrients in other foods“.
Too much intake of protein can put a strain on our kidneys:
While most of the doctors and dieticians suggest to egg daily as it’s a great source of protein but Dr. Phillips cautions that typically we already have plenty of protein in our diets and too much (two or three times the recommended daily amount) “can put a strain on kidneys”.
Here’s what The British Heart Foundation says regarding too much intake of egg:
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) dropped its advice to limit egg consumption to three a week in 2007 in light of new evidence about cholesterol
Does egg increases the risk of high cholesterol in our body?
Disclaimer: Don’t throw those eggs in dustbin we don’t have another bad news regarding eggs.
According to current NHS advice, “although eggs contain some cholesterol, the amount of saturated fat we eat has more of an effect on the amount of cholesterol in our blood than the cholesterol we get from eating eggs”.
In other words, when it comes to cholesterol, eggs are not the problem-saturated fat is. So it’s important how you cook them.
Here’s more detail to this restricted knowledge:
According to Heart UK, one average egg (58g; 2oz) contains about 4.6g of fat, about a teaspoon. But only a quarter of this is saturated, the type that increases cholesterol levels in the body.
Add butter, cream or something like this and it’s a different story for you now.
Let’s talk about how to cook an egg in the light of dietitians:
While we have told benefits and side effects of an egg, we felt obliged to guide you on how to cook the star of the health and fitness tips blog, the egg, properly.
There’s no doubt in the fact that egg is most nutritious when cooked simply, like when boiled or poached.
On the other hand, Most dietitians do not recommend frying an egg, because of the associated fat content and increased cholesterol intake.
Raw or lightly cooked eggs, as found in popular foodstuffs such as mayonnaise and ice cream, are fine provided they have the Lion Mark and are hens’ eggs (not duck or quail) sourced in the UK.
Cooking eggs thoroughly is the safest option if you are still concerned about food poisoning.
Before closing this blog, let’s address what’s needed to be addressed.
Some people are allergic to eggs It is quite common in children under five but rare for it to develop in adulthood.
Most reactions are mild:
- redness and swelling around the mouth
- stomach ache
And for people who aren’t allergic to eggs here are some golden words from Dr.Philips:
“All advice and evidence is they are good to eat in all their forms… but how you cook them needs to be looked at”