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Truths and Myths About Eggs

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The egg is always a favorite topic of discussion due to the different contradicting beliefs associated with it. To shed more light on these beliefs, we present to you some truths and myths about eggs.

Never eat more than two eggs in a week: Myth!

– Eating eggs on a regular basis is not harmful to health. A recent study conducted by a university in Canada suggests that consuming eggs regularly can actually contribute to cardiovascular health, due to their high antioxidant content.

Eggs contain all the essential amino acids: True!

– There are certain amino acids that cannot be produced by our body, and can only be obtained from the food we eat. The egg is just one of the few foods that feature a good balance of essential amino acids.

Eggs are a high-calorie food: Myth!

– A boiled egg contains about 78 Kcal (depending on the size of the egg) and can be an ideal source of nutrition for those who are trying to lose weight and feel satiated at the same time. The caloric value of an egg only increases when fats or oil gets added to it.

The egg white is healthier than the yolk: Myth!

– The egg white is basically composed of water and protein, which means that it contains less calories than the yolk. However, the yolk is also naturally rich in important vitamins and minerals. This is why

the yolk and the egg white are said to complement each other.

The egg is good for memory: True!

– Egg yolk is rich in choline, a component of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in muscle contractions and motor coordination. It also plays an important role in our memory, thoughts, and emotions.

Eating eggs for breakfast is bad for your health: Myth!

– Due to its high protein content, eggs can keep you feeling full and satisfied all throughout the morning. It is important to minimize the usage of fat or oil during the preparation of the egg in order to reduce the amount of cholesterol you consume.

Those who have high cholesterol levels in their body should not eat eggs: Myth!

– Eating eggs does not increase your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is caused by a variety of unmeasured factors, such as a diet that is high in sugar and fats, lack of physical exercise, excessive alcohol intake, and a low-fiber diet, just to name few. In these cases, a dietitian can help develop a more balanced eating plan for you

The egg is a complete food that is abundant in nutrients and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways: baked, fried, poached, omelet, scrambled with cod and parsley, in quiches, and much more – there’s always a way that will suit your needs!

If, for example, you want to enjoy the rich protein content of eggs, but are not really a fan of its taste and flavor, you have the practical alternative of choosing an egg protein supplement. If you are following a low-calorie diet that requires you to eat only the egg whites, there is no need for you to waste the yolk because there are products available in the market that feature only egg white protein.

The egg is a healthy food and a powerful ally in all types of diet programs, which should always be examined by a professional in accordance with the fitness goals and objectives of each individual.

Source: Tabela da Composição de Alimentos

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The information included in this article concerns the authors opinion only.

About Ana Sofia Guerra

Ana Sofia Guerra
Ana Guerra has a degree in Nutrition, Food Engineering and Nutritional Sciences at the Higher Institute of Health Sciences Egas Moniz. Currently Ana is working as clinical nutrition. She also writes for the press and is a nutrition consultant.

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