Kick Start your Fat Loss – Tip 11
Eggs, the WHOLE egg is very good for you. Eggs do NOT cause cholesterol issues. You body uses cholesterol to transport nutrients through the cell walls.
Eggs are very nutritious; they contain a lot of protein along with these other nutrients:
Eggs also contain Choline, which is essential for optimal brain and cell health. Our bodies produce some but not enough. Some other things choline is needed for include:
- Keep your cell membranes, the gates through which nutrients enter and wastes leave your cells, functioning properly
- Allow your nerves to communicate with your muscles
- Prevent the build-up of homocysteine in your blood. Homocysteine is a harmful compound that is associated with cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
- Reduce chronic inflammation
How to tell if you need more??
- Poor ability of the kidneys to concentrate urine
- Accumulation of fats in the blood
- Nerve-muscle problems
Choline is found in the yolk, so if you are eating whites only or only some yolks you probably aren’t getting enough choline. Other sources are peanuts, lentils, sesame and flax seeds.
In this study, (Dhurandhar N, Vander Wal J, et al, FASEB Journal)
The researchers compared 160 people divided into 2 groups. One group ate a bagel-based breakfast the other an egg based breakfast. Both were the same in terms of calories. The participants were on a 1000 calorie deficit. The egg group lost more around the middle and lost more weight than the bagel group.
The scientists also looked at triglyceride and cholesterol levels and found there were no significant differences between the groups.
Other studies are showing that whole eggs actually improve your cholesterol profile. Eggs may also help protect against cataracts! So even if you have high cholesterol or your LDL:HDL isn’t great whole eggs will help you get better, not make you worse.
High cholesterol in the blood does not come from eating eggs, total fat intake especially trans- and saturated fats lead to higher blood cholesterol levels than eating whole eggs (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol for what your body does with cholesterol and why it is important steroid).
So don’t be afraid to eat a few whole eggs a few times a week for breakfast. Mix in some spinach, salsa and some chicken or lean steak for a yummy omelet!
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