Eggs Can Help With Weight Loss
Don't hesitate to eat eggs when you are on a diet, as it can help you reduce weight and keep the weight off for longer.
The famous United Kingdom art collector Charles Saatchi, husband of food goddess Nigella Lawson, is said to have lost 4 stone in nine months by eating nothing but 9 eggs a day. Whilst very few people would advocate such a drastic diet (eating large quantities of eggs can lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease due to raised cholesterol levels), eating small quantities of eggs can be beneficial to dieters. This is mainly because eggs make you feel fuller for longer.
Britons eat about 10 billion eggs a year – 27,000 a day. Eggs contain protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, niacin and vitamin B12. They also contain about 6.4g of fat, of which 1.8g is saturated fat, 5.5 g protein and around 70 calories per egg.
The American Heart Association says that one egg a day is acceptable, but to keep in mind the cholesterol in that egg along with the other foods that you eat in the day. Those with heart disease, diabetes, or a high level of LDL 'bad' cholesterol should probably choose a small or medium egg vs. larger ones which have more cholesterol. It is worth mentioning that egg whites have no cholesterol.
Researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ESDA-ARS) have recently proven that the cholesterol contained in the eggs is much less than previously claimed. The study found that one egg contains just 185 mg of cholesterol as opposed to the 215 mg that was reported earlier.
Another study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that eggs, which contain protein and vitamins, provide the sort of nutrition that might help control appetite better than carbohydrates. The study showed that one half of the participants (obese women) were fed bagels for breakfast and the other half eggs, with both groups getting the same calories. The egg-eaters went on to consume less food during the day than their bagel counterparts.Continued on the next page