Eggs Not So Rotten After All
Over the past few years, news on eggs has all been rotten. Pointing to high cholesterol levels, the egg has been placed in the “bad foods” category, only to be enjoyed on special occasions, and never more than 4 times in one week.
New research suggests that there is a healthier side to the controversial egg. One that may even be heart healthy by reducing high blood pressure.
The scientists found egg proteins that, in laboratory simulations of the human digestive process, seem to act like a popular group of prescription medications in lowering blood pressure. The findings are detailed in the Feb. 11 issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Many experts agree that the scare tactics used to get people off of eggs have been somewhat exaggerated. Most healthy-hearted people can enjoy eggs in moderation without cause to worry. One egg has approximately 2/3 of your daily recommended cholesterol, so eating an egg every morning may be more cholesterol than you should consume unless you eat meticulously for the remainder of the day.
We are not at the point where doctors are prescribing egg diets for people with high blood pressure, but we are able to bring to light the healthy benefits of eggs.
"Our study showed further evidence that a number of bioactive peptides may be generated while digesting egg proteins, which would provide additional benefits for reducing another well-identified risk of heart disease," Wu said by email. "Egg has been part of human diets for centuries and therefore it is safe to consume eggs."
Like all foods the best advice is to eat in moderation and in combination with a well balanced diet.