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Eggs….good once again

July 13, 2011

Eggs have been on a continuous pendulum swing for their worth and value as a food. At one time they were considered harmful for the heart, then they were said to be good for vegetarians as a protein source, then the debate shifted to how many a week was safe for all. Clearly the twelve egg omelette every day for breakfast was not recommended. And now the latest research says they contain antioxidants that are good for your heart and could even prevent cancer. Antioxidants as you know are the new class of nutrients that mediate health in many ways.

Egg antioxidants may prevent heart disease and cancer

Each egg has around 70 calories. It provides protein, vitamins A, B, D and E, zinc and iron. It contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These are linked to reduced age induced macular degeneration. It also contains choline a nutrient required for normal cell function and in the early years it helps in brain development. While eggs do contain cholesterol, medical opinion believes that the total saturated fat intake is much more critical to maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels than eating eggs or other foods with natural cholesterol. In any case moderation is the key for deriving benefit from any food. One egg a day should do it for you.





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