September 11, 2013 in All Blogs
The dietary and health benefits of consuming eggs have been under debate for some time. An unavoidable ingredient in baked goods and a breakfast staple, eggs are likely commonplace in your family’s kitchen. Some recommend eliminating the yolks, while others condemn the egg altogether. We have done some digging to discover the truth behind eggs, continue reading for what we found.
One of the biggest myths surrounding egg consumption is the belief that it will raise your blood cholesterol and lead to a decline in heart health. Although there are some who still maintain this belief, recent research conducted by the University of Arizona has found that consuming foods rich in dietary cholesterol cannot be correlated to an increase in blood cholesterol. Blood cholesterol is the kind that sticks to artery walls and can cause health complications, when the distinction is made between these two very different kinds of cholesterol, it becomes much easier to making healthier eating choices for you and your family.
As our knowledge of food and its nutritional value deepens, one of the most important distinctions that has been made is between different types of fat. Out of the three known types of fat, saturated fat is the most detrimental to your health. Eggs primarily contain polyunsaturated fat, a kind of fat that can actually contribute to lowering blood cholesterol. Try replacing one food in your family’s diet that contains saturated fat with an egg instead, making a number of small lifestyle changes will add up to have a huge overall impact.
Eggs are actually an incredibly nutritious addition to any family’s diet and a great protein-rich alternative to meat consumption. Health Canada considers including eggs in their National Food Guide, and for good reason. Not only do eggs contain Vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12, they also contain essential minerals such as Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Iodine and Selenium. Although eggs are certainly nutritious, they still do contain fat. As a result, Health Canada recommends moderation and no more than two eggs per day.
Despite all the nutritional benefits that come with consuming eggs, one health risk that still remains is the potential to consume an egg contaminated with salmonella. The only way to avoid this is to prepare your eggs properly, ensuring that it has been thoroughly cooked. As a general rule, you should ensure that the egg has completely solidified during the cooking process, leaving no raw liquid. When all is said and done, eggs undoubtedly pose more benefit than they do risk – so get to eating!
The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture – Cholesterol in Eggs
Health Canada – Canada Food Guide
Health Canada – Listeria and Food Safety