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Nutritional value of eggs

By July 20, 2010 January 27th, 2012 No Comments

The Egg Marketing Board was recently stopped from advertising eggs as a stand alone breakfast. This is course implies that you would have eggs on their own (unlikely, toast or soldiers anyone?) and more importantly that eggs have too much cholesterol in them which might lead to high cholesterol levels in the blood. Here is the DDW opinion:

Eggs are a fantastic food that contain a huge number of vitamins and minerals that are required by the body for optimal health and growth. They are also an excellent and affordable source of protein, which is needed to provide essential amino acids to the body.

One large hard-boiled egg only contains 78 calories and 5.3g of fat, with only 1.6 of those grams of fat being saturated fat, which are not good for the body and can lead to cardiovascular and heart disease.

The level of cholesterol in eggs is high (212mg in 1 large hard-boiled egg), however recent research has discovered that the level of cholesterol contained in a food, has little significance to the amount of cholesterol contained in a person’s blood. Cholesterol levels in the blood are also controlled by exercise, have a look at our success stories page see our personal trainer client from Virginia Water Nick.

In other words, if you consume a food that is rich in cholesterol, it does not mean that the cholesterol levels in your blood will rise. It has been discovered that it is in fact the amount of saturated fat in a food that is responsible for the rise in a person’s blood cholesterol levels and is a risk factor of heart disease. Foods such as cakes, biscuits, crisps and processed foods are high in saturated fats.

As a result of these recent findings, healthy people do not have to limit their consumption of eggs to two a week, as they could be losing out on the many other beneficial properties of eggs.

Eggs also provide significant amounts of vitamin A, B, D and E and are rich in calcium, iron, selenium, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, sodium and magnesium. They are low in sugar and do not contain any carbohydrates.

So as with all things don’t have 10 a day, be sure to have lots of veg and some fruit, proceed with moderation but don’t be afraid of eggs!

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