Why We Should Eat Egg Yolks:
By Anita Joubert
The richest sources of phospholipids in the average diet are choline, abundant in egg yolks. Phospholipids are the intelligent fats in your brain. But since egg phobia set in, amid the unfounded fears that dietary cholesterol was the major cause of heart disease, our intake of phospholipids has gone down dramatically. At the same time the number of people suffering from memory and concentration problems has gone up. It is essential for us to include phospholipids in our diet and one way to do this is to eat more eggs.
But the question is aren’t they high in fat and cholesterol? We have to remember essential fats are good for you. The kind of fat in an egg depends on what you feed the chickens. If you feed them a diet rich in omega 3 fats, for example flaxseed or fishmeal, you get eggs high in omega-3. An egg is as healthy as the chicken that laid it. As long as you don’t fry them, eggs are a great brain food, and the richest dietary source of choline.
As for cholesterol we forget that it is essential for good health. Your brain contains vast amounts of it and it is used to make the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is simply a myth that eating eggs high in cholesterol gives you heart disease.
Here’s one of many studies that prove it. Dr Roslyn Alfin Slater from the University of California gave 25 healthy people with normal blood cholesterol levels two eggs per day (in addition to other cholesterol rich foods they were already eating as part of their normal diet) for eight weeks. A further 25 healthy people were given one extra egg per day for 4 weeks, then 2 extra eggs per day for the next 4 weeks. The results showed no change in blood cholesterol. Eating eggs neither significantly raises blood cholesterol nor is proven to increase the risk of heart disease. A free-range, organic, omega-3 rich egg is a super food.
Now you can understand why Foxes favourite meal is the heads of chickens. They are not stupid.
Yours in fitness xxxx