Debunking the Egg
It has long been thought that eating eggs, in particular, the yolk of the egg could raise the level of cholesterol in the human body. New research has proven otherwise. In a study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, evidence was presented that the risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women did not increase with eating more eggs. Conversely, it showed the opposite. Healthy test subjects had lower serum cholesterol levels than those subjects who abstained from eggs. In fact, people who ate eggs regularly, had a lower risk factor for developing both stroke and heart failure. Futher, in one study, when people ate three or more eggs per day, the cholesterol in their bodies was transformed from having artery-clogging tendencies to having artery-scrubbing or antiatherogenic properties.
In all, the egg contains many vitamins and minerals that the body needs, such as Vitamins E and B12, folate, antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, good for eye health, and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, not to mention 6 grams of protein. Eggs also contain vitamin D and A, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Also, one egg has a small amount of fat- only 5 grams- 1.5 grams saturated and 3.5 grams unsaturated. The latter numbers are important because research has shown that a diet high in saturated fat increases the level of LDL(good) cholesterol, and that dietary cholesterol(i.e. the cholesterol in eggs) has a relatively small effect on the LDL. Even more interesting, eating eggs may increase the HDL cholesterol which counteracts the effect of LDL cholesterol in the body, therefore lessening the heart disease risk.
Eggs are also an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that functions in the operations of all human cells, and in particular, proper functioning of the liver, brain and nervous system. Research has shown that people today are deficient in this vital nutrient.
In total, the egg definitely seems to be a super-food, perfectly balanced by nature, and filled with essential vitamins and minerals. Perhaps our ancestors knew what they were doing when they consumed protein-rich breakfasts, of which eggs were the number one component.