Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Don't hold back on eggs

The Times, Times2

By Amanda Ursell

Scientists have created chickens whose eggs could produce life-saving drugs. Our nutrition expert has many other reasons why it is good to eat plenty of eggs
Apart from alcohol, eggs are perhaps the only victual that has traditionally carried advice on consumption limits. How many of us still have the now outdated “No more than four eggs per week” message lingering in our subconscious?
The original advice was given because eggs, like shellfish, are a source of pre-formed cholesterol and the assumption was that they raised levels of cholesterol in our blood when we ate them.
The American Heart Association has now revised its four-eggs-per-week restriction, however, after research has indicated that little of the cholesterol in eggs is absorbed in the intestine and that eggs do not greatly influence cholesterol levels in the blood.


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