An egg a day?

India
April 30, 2011 3:36am CST
The ads in TV & news papers here say eat one egg daily, whether it is Sunday or Monday. My local newspaper says eggs are low in calories and packed with nutrients, they should be part of a balanced diet. They are easy to obtain. Here are some reasons why eggs should be part of a healthy, balanced diet. Protein- Eggs are a rich source of high quality protein. A medium sized egg has more than 6g of protein, and contains all eight of the essential amino acids which can only be obtained from your diet. Virtually free of carbohydrates, the high protein content of eggs may also help with satiety, they help you feel full for longer than other foods. At around 80 calories per medium sized egg, they are also low in calories. Fats- Eggs are often thought of being high in fat. But a medium sized egg contains around 6g of fat, and only 1.7g of this is saturated fat, the type associated with high cholesterol levels. Most of the fats in eggs are the healthier monosaturated or polysaturated kinds. Cholesterol- When it comes to cholesterol, eggs get something of a bad press. High blood cholesterol levels are a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and egg yolks are rich in cholesterol. However, it's now known that saturated fats play a major role in blood cholesterol levels, whereas cholesterol-containing foods such as eggs and prawns have little overall effect. If you want to lower your cholesterol levels, especially bad LDL-cholesterol, cut back on foods containing saturated fats such as fatty meats, sausages, pastries, cakes, butter and lard. Vitamin D- Many of us are deficient in this vital vitamin; it helps the body absorb calcium, important for healthy bones and teeth. Our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but eggs are one of the few foods which are also rich in this vitamin. Adults deficient in vitamin D are at greater risk of osteoporosis. Also other studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to serious health problems, including cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. B vitamins- Eggs are a great source of vitamin B12, needed for making red blood cells, maintaining the nervous system and for general growth. Too little vitamin B12 can lead to anemia. Eggs are also a good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps the body absorb iron and is important for healthy skin, nails and hair. Choline-Eggs are a brain food, as they are one of the richest sources of choline, it is needed for healthy brain development and function. The yolk from a medium sized egg contains around 300mg of choline. Most of the choline we need comes from our diet. It is used by the body to form the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in memory function. Low levels of choline can lead to a deficiency in folic acid, which is important for a healthy brain. Choline plays an important role in the brain development of the unborn child and also helps prevent birth defects. Carotenoids-Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids which may help lower the risk of macular degeneration, the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. Research also suggests that the lutein from eggs is more readily taken up by the body than from other types of food. Thus ‘EGG IS A SUPER FOOD’. The kids in schools are given eggs as per some program of the government. I agree to all these, but ‘ALMOST’ I stopped eating eggs. The eggs here comes from the poultry farms, there the hens are given so many kind of hormone in food and as injections. These hens don’t produce eggs as a result of mating. Eating these cause itching and rash in my body, might be due to diabetes too, I am not sure. These are not natural eggs. Such eggs are available in villages, where hens and coc.ks are kept to mate. [b]I tried to get the natural eggs , but failed. Do you get ‘natural-eggs’ at your place? Do you eat eggs daily, from where you buy, are they safe. Please respond and share your views on this. Thanks in advance.[/b] [b] Professor ‘Bhuwan’.[/b] . Cheers have a lucky day ahead.
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14 responses
• Southend-On-Sea, England
1 May 11
Eggs are good for us in the way that you say, but it's been recommended that we keep our intake of them to just about 3 or so a week, due to their high cholesterol content.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
1 May 11
I love eggs. I cannot see just having egg whites even though they are recommended for people trying to lose weight. Yu would have to add more multi vitamins or the vitamin lost. I also find that I am less hungry when I have eggs for breakfast. We do have organic free run eggs in our main superstore, and they are a bit more expensive, well three times as much as the regular eggs. I also take vitamin D since I live in a cold climate when it is winter. I did not know about eggs containing lutein. Maybe I should take two instead of one in the am if they were not that expensive.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
1 May 11
We can get natural eggs here, laid by organically fed hens, but they're expensive. I buy them anyway because I don't want to support places that mistreat their hens. Being caged in a tiny place all their lives and never seeing the sunshine, fed antibiotics just to stay alive and other chemicals to make them lay more, then killed at a couple of years old because their bodies can't lay as many eggs, is cruelty. Eggs from these factory-farms are not as good as real eggs. They don't look the same and they don't taste the same, no matter how they try to convince us. Also, when treated according to government laws, they become unsafe because they're washed in hot water, which removes the protective coating and leaves the shell pores open to contamination. When I can, I buy from a local farmer, but when they don't have eggs, I buy organic, free range eggs from the store.
@emine08 (1531)
• Indonesia
1 May 11
hi professor... i like to eat egg. well my family like to eat egg. but i think it is rare to find natural eggs nowdays.
@dlpierce (489)
• United States
1 May 11
These so called natural eggs you seek are not any different in nutrition than the ones you get from poultry farms. It is solely determined by the feed the hens consume. I work for a large commercial egg producer in the United States and I also have done a great deal of research on the subject. The American Egg Board has researched the fact that conventional caged systems have a lower shell bacteria and a better mortality record than cage free or free range farms. Eggs sold commercially for table use are not fertile. But rather fertile or not fertile the benefits are the same. Brown and white eggs are also alike as to their nutrition values. Eggs are perishable for every hour they are left at room temperature they age an entire day. They should be refrigerated and used within a few weeks from purchase. Some people due have food allergies. And eggs can be one of them.
• Philippines
1 May 11
My son loves egg he doesnt care if he have egg for dinner every day. If we have chicken or pork he still looks for an egg. This information will remove the stigma that eggs arent that good for our health.
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
1 May 11
Just as you said,Professor 2010.Natural eggs are hard to find in daily life.In modern world,so many things are made by chemical materials,include eggs.In some super market,eggs are made by chemical material.This kind of eggs are harmful to our health,i think
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
1 May 11
Yes I have heard all this about the egg! I have a commerical about eggs that calls them the "Incredible,edible egg"! I do like eggs,hard boiled and scrambled the best. I don't eat alot of them but I do like eggs!
@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Apr 11
The egg is a very good source of protein. I think that the rule that reads 'Don't over do it' is a good rule. DOn't over eat eggs or anything else and you will be fine. Choline is very important nutrient and ofcourse, folic acid. I try to get 'natural' egg but it is getting harder and harder to find. I think anything that is processed is not good.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
30 Apr 11
When i was a child, i remembered that my parents asked me to have an egg every morning before i go to school. They told me that, eating an egg every morning is good for the function of our brain. Most of the time, they boiled it half cook or fully cooked and asked me to eat with soy sauce. Now, i also gave my son eat egg almost every morning. He really loves to eat eggs. Sometimes, he even asking me to give him eat more than 1 egg per day. But, i always make sure that he don't eat more than 1 egg most of the days.
• Indonesia
30 Apr 11
I think if we're not kids, we shouldn't consume one egg a day if we're not having a hard activity. For me, I usually eat one for three days
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
dear professor, i am an egg eater but as i grow older i had to reduce it to two or three eggs in a week. before i use to ask myself why most people ask for native eggs and not use the usual which is very easily found in the market and even superstores. it all tasted the same to me, including the chicken meat, although many says native are much more tastier. when i knew of the reason (the food that these fowls take), then i understood the reason. i say that egg is definitely good food especially for growing kids and also for adults.. except for those with allergies or are allergic to it. have a nice day. ann
@Sreekala (23718)
• India
30 Apr 11
Hello Sir, You have asked so many questions about eggs. I also read that eggs are not as dangerous like the way people think (in case of cholesterol). I am no longer in a village now and I am getting eggs from the shop I am not sure about the quality and the hormone things. In fact I am not using eggs regularly just because of all these news. When I was a kid I grown up in village and the eggs were safe. Now too on visit in village, the natural eggs are available there.
@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
30 Apr 11
So if this is true then this is a good news. Kids do love eggs a lot. My twins love to eat eggs and would want eggs more than any other food. But indeed natural egg or what we call here "native eggs" are the best. It is just that they are rare.