"Eggs will raise cholesterol and you will get a heart attack if you eat them!"
"Eggs are hairy, you can't eat them even if you have cancer!"
Eggs are the most common nutritional good, but some believe that their yolks are a cardiovascular bane and even an accomplice to cancer. There are many rumors about eggs, but which ones are true?
One, Zhejiang University research: eat an extra egg a day, heart disease, cancer death risk may increase
A research team led by Prof. Zhang Yu and Prof. Jingjing Jiao from the School of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science at Zhejiang University has published a study in the Public Library of Science Medicine. The study selected data from 520,000 participants in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study in the United States as a way to assess the relationship between egg and cholesterol intake and all-cause, cause-specific mortality.
During an average of 16 years of follow-up, nearly 130,000 of the subjects died. After adjusting for demographic characteristics and dietary factors, the researchers found a significant association between whole egg intake and all-cause mortality. After further adjustment for cholesterol intake, a significant association between whole egg intake and all-cause mortality remained.
An additional daily intake of 300 mg (one egg contains approximately 186 mg of cholesterol) of dietary cholesterol is associated with a 19% increase in the likelihood of premature death, a 16% increase in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and a 24% increase in the risk of death from cancer. In addition, an additional half an egg per day was associated with a 7% increase in all-cause mortality.
Why do eggs increase the risk of death?
Researchers believe that the cholesterol in the egg yolk will accumulate in the arteries to form blood clots and induce atherosclerosis, ultimately leading to cardiovascular disease. In addition, when eggs and meat are eaten together, the thick-walled bacteria in the intestine will convert the nutritional choline in eggs and carnitine in meat into trimethylamine oxide, a toxic compound that is likely to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death when it enters the bloodstream, and is also associated with a variety of cancers.
Scientific studies have confirmed that consuming eggs increases the risk of many kinds of death, does this mean that eggs are to be eliminated from our daily recipes? Can we still eat eggs or not?
Second, the question arises, can eggs still be eaten?
Of course you can eat them! The Dietary Guidelines for Chinese Residents (2016) recommends that adults should consume 40-50g of eggs per day (an egg weighs about 45-55g), and that a daily intake of one egg and a weekly intake of no more than seven eggs is sufficient.
The study mentioned above is only an observational study and no causal relationship can be inferred between eggs and death. In this regard, Li Liming, a professor at Peking University's School of Public Health, believes that the dietary habits, nutritional status and disease spectrum of the Chinese and American populations are very different. Studies conducted on the American population cannot be directly extrapolated to the Chinese population.
In addition, Professor Li has participated in a study based on over 500,000 Chinese people that showed that people who ate eggs daily had an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular events and an 18% lower risk of death from cardiovascular events than people who basically did not eat eggs.
That said, for the Chinese population, eating eggs properly on a daily basis does not pose a health risk. Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. Each egg can provide about 6 grams of high-quality protein, and their nutritional value is not negligible. However, not all eggs are suitable for eating, and these three types of eggs are recommended that you better not eat them.
Three, these eggs to eat less!
Eggs fried at high temperatures lose a lot of nutrients and produce harmful substances such as heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. When these substances enter the body in large quantities, the liver and kidneys will be overburdened and the risk of premature liver and kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other diseases may increase.
Hairy eggs are chicks that have not been hatched into shape and are loved by very many people in the north, where they are thought to have high nutritional value. In fact, the nutritional value of hairy eggs is not high, and there is also a risk of infection, which may lead to food poisoning when consumed for a long time.
Loose eggs are also a favorite of many people, and the eggs made in this way are relatively tender. It is worth reminding that uncooked eggs may bring some bacteria inside, which can lead to a great health risk after consumption and cause some unnecessary health risks.
The three types of eggs mentioned above should be eaten sparingly or not at all. There is another issue that many people are concerned about. It is said that eggs are "hairy" and are not good for cancer patients to eat.
IV. Can cancer patients eat eggs?
The answer is yes. Eggs are a great source of high quality protein and for cancer patients, supplementing with high quality protein helps to strengthen the body's immunity. It is very beneficial for the recovery of the disease and does not cause tumor recurrence.
On the contrary, many cancer patients are afraid to eat anything due to the fear of "hairy food", which leads to malnutrition. Inadequate nutritional intake of the body will lead to a significant decrease in immunity and the ability to resist cancer cells, which will greatly increase the risk of recurrence.
Eggs are an extremely common and highly nutritious food in our lives and can be safely consumed on a daily basis. For healthy people, there is no risk of taking them in moderation, and for cancer patients, there is no need to worry about the recurrence of tumors caused by eating hairy substances. Of course, it is important to avoid some "unhealthy" eggs when consuming eggs. #Rumor Zero Project #Guarding the Silver Age World
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