Eggs Are Heart Healthy

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Diet
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Eggs Are Heart Healthy

When you consider the bounty available to us in this country, we likely have a better chance of preventing heart disease than those who live in any other country on Earth!

There are so many delicious foods that can actually help your heart, it's hard to imagine why there is such an abundance of fake foods on grocery shelves today. We are blessed to live in a society that offers such a wide variety of wholesome foods, many of which are organically grown.

To illustrate how foods nourish your system, think of your bloodstream as a river and your cells as a fisherman relying on the river for sustenance. The innermost cells of your arteries get nutrients from your bloodstream. They need foods that nourish rather than pollute that river.

One of my favorite heart-supporters is eggs. For years the public has been told to avoid eggs, especially the high-cholesterol yolks. The egg scare started in the 1950s and 1960s, during a promotional campaign condemning cholesterol. Patients and doctors alike still hold fast to the idea that eggs are unhealthy because of their high cholesterol content, even though hundreds of studies have shown that the amount of cholesterol we eat has very little influence on our cholesterol blood levels.

A study in the British Medical Journal reported that seven eggs a week, combined with a low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate, high-fiber diet did not raise cholesterol levels. And, just this week, the USDA themselves announced that eggs are significantly lower in cholesterol than previously thought. Not to mention that they are also quite a bit higher in vitamin D.

Egg yolks do contain a large amount of cholesterol, but what has been overlooked is the fact that they are also one of the richest sources of choline, a component of lecithin, which many people have eliminated or reduced in their diet. Choline dissolves fat and cholesterol. It keeps the cholesterol in the egg moving through the bloodstream and doesn’t allow it to stack up on arterial walls.

Lecithin breaks fats into small droplets and improves digestion. It also keeps cholesterol soluble, which helps it move through the bloodstream and prevent blockages or clots. Eggs are also rich in minerals, vitamins, and essential amino acids.

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