The fear of cholesterol is all around us. This fear has unfairly removed egg yolks from the plates. The saddest thing about this is that many people don’t give egg yolks to their children. Now, this is totally unfair! The egg is a complete food! It contains proteins of high biological value, vitamins and trace elements. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, B12, folic acid and iron. Eggs are not only nutritious but also quite affordable. Wouldn’t you agree that this is a very important aspect of a healthy approach to nutrition? You might be surprised, but some of the healthiest foods in the world cost less.
In recent years, fellow nutritionists and doctors tried to persuade people that this fear is unsubstantiated. The British Heart Foundation announced in 2007 that they are cancelling the recommendation to restrict egg consumption to 3 times per week. This is because many studies show us that consuming eggs does not influence cholesterol production. According to new data, eggs contain low amounts of cholesterol. At the same time, they contain large amounts of vitamins. In particular, an egg contains 13% less cholesterol and 64% more vitamin D than we thought.
Personal experience with clients
During consulting, (You can consult me, anytime, by contacting me here) many of my clients told me that they are avoiding to eat eggs. Some of them consume only the egg whites. “It will raise their cholesterol levels” – they claim. Do you know what will raise your cholesterol levels? Carbohydrates! And to be precise – the sugar will do it. Cholesterol that we consume from food is not the main factor which raises cholesterol levels in your blood. If you want to blame “somebody”, blame the CARBS!
Carbohydrates turn to fats in the blood, known as triglycerides. If you have high triglycerides, you are definitely consuming a lot of sugar. In fact, our body produces 2000mg of cholesterol daily. If you eat an egg, for example, which contains approximately 200mg of cholesterol, your body will produce less than 2000mg. Chances are it will produce 1800mg. As more external cholesterol we eat, the less we produce. Our organism has the answer.
We need more choline
Recently published studies claim that we do not get enough choline. All the negative aspects of choline are here. The best way to increase the intake of choline is to consume egg yolks. Choline uptake is extremely important for women during pregnancy and lactation. An adequate intake of choline from the mother is associated with better learning performance, vision and memory.
Some benefits for the good old brain of ours
Whole egg consumption prevents brain ageing! Now, this is something we should all care about. It improves memory, protects the liver and strengthens sports performance. Especially egg yolks improve vision. By eating two whole eggs every day, you will get half the daily amount of choline that the body needs.
Egg, and I mean whole egg, is your best keto friend!