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8 Healthy Eating Myths Debunked

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3. Myth: Eating eggs raises your cholesterol levels

Truth: This one has been confusing people for decades. The cholesterol in eggs (dietary cholesterol) doesn’t effect the cholesterol in your body–they are two different things.  The culprit in raising your body’s cholesterol is certain saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain relatively small amounts of saturated fat. One large egg contains about 1.5 grams saturated fat (a tablespoon of butter contains 7 grams).

Meanwhile, egg protein has the right mix of essential amino acids that we need for tissue-building, and egg protein is said to be the highest quality food protein known, second only to mother’s milk. Eggs provide 22 percent of the adult’s daily requirement of choline, an essential nutrient for brain and memory functions, and egg yolk is one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Eggs offer carotene, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, B12 and pantothenic acid, to name just a few of their important nutrients.

For more information on eggs, see Easy Greening: Eggs

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:47AM PST on Dec 13, 2013

Thank you!

8:32AM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Considering that caffeine is a digestive track stimulant I'm still staying well away from it, after all if you've got a functional digestive disorder or a sensitive colon a stimulant is the last thing you need no matter what other benefits it gives you. After all sudden diarrhea or reflux causing vomiting due to caffeine 'stimulating' your body is the last thing that's going to be good for you. Eggs are a problem not because of their cholesterol content but because of their fat content, again not something you want with a sensitive colon..fat being another digestive stimulant.
I also know for sure that the last one is wrong, at least in Australia. It costs me a lot more to get my food for the week then my dad, why? Because I need to eat far more healthily then he does, low fat soy milk is far more expensive then regular milk as is fresh veggies over frozen not to mention all the meat supplements (which are actually much better for me then meat).

7:49AM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Why did they need to test this on monkeys? Grants? There would have been plenty of human volunteers!

5:37AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

the first myth does not convince me as a myth

4:39AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

What about ants?

7:25AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thanks

3:36PM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

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3:24AM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Thank you :)

5:19AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thanks

2:12AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thank you :)

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