April 8, 2013

Egg Consumption and the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Filed under: health,health food,healthy food,heart disease,stroke — drwatson @ 3:14 pm

Are eggs healthyWe have all heard the rumors that a diet high in eggs can increase our risk of heart disease and stroke. But is this actually the truth?

In an attempt to uncover the facts, we went searching for the research around egg consumption and the risk of heart disease.

Here’s what we found.

The link between eggs, heart disease and stroke
Typically, it was believed that the high cholesterol levels present in eggs could potentially lead to a significantly increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

However, the results of a meta-analysis from BMJ revealed that this may not be the case. The meta-analysis reviewed information from almost half a million participants from eight clinical studies and showed no direct link between high consumption (one per day) of eggs and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

The meta-analysis did illustrate though, that further research was needed on the impact of egg consumption on those suffering from diabetes, as this relationship appeared to result in an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Cholesterol and eggs
So why then are individuals with high cholesterol levels often recommended to decrease their egg consumption?

The clinical review team from the BMJ meta-analysis believe this is because it is often assumed that no other dietary changes will be made, so in order to impact cholesterol levels you should reduce egg intake. This is largely because eggs do actually pack a whopping cholesterol punch. There is almost 210 mg of cholesterol in every large egg!

Despite this, the meta-analysis confirmed that in their opinion, egg consumption did not lead to a risk of heart disease and stroke.

Benefits of egg consumption
In fact, the researchers on the BMJ research panel insisted that the consumption of eggs led to a variety of health benefits.

They suggest that eggs are both inexpensive and readily available, and are a great low-calorie option for the public.

Eggs also contain nutrients, proteins and minerals, which the BMJ team say could actually decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. They are full of calcium, iron,
potassium, and vitamins A, D, E, B2, B6 and B9.
So don’t scratch eggs off the weekly shopping list just yet!

It looks like that egg a day for breakfast isn’t actually so bad for you after all. To increase the quality of the eggs you consume, look for barn-laid eggs or free-range eggs. Not only is this a cruelty-free option, but eggs produced this way are also less likely to be contaminated by salmonella and are considered to be a better quality.

Happy egg eating!

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June 21, 2010

Why Breakfast is So Important, Especially for Teens

Parents are always harassing teens to tell them what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, and how to eat. Despite this, studies show that over half of all male teens in America, and over two-thirds of female teens do not eat breakfast daily. You have probably been told before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is correct, but we will tell you why.

Thinking quicker – Breakfast will help you too think faster and clearer. You can more easily process and solve problems after a good morning’s meal!

Improved memory – Without breakfast your body lacks glucose. Glucose is needed in brain function and without it your memory will suffer. If you eat dinner, it is a good 12 – 14 hours before lunch the next day and by then your brain is suffering significantly. Without glucose your body is forced to use protein and fat as an energy source in your brain, which is not nearly as useful as glucose.

Happier mood – Breakfast improves your mood which also contributes to your studies. Being in a happy mood improves your general health. Also, with eating breakfast it is much less likely that you will suffer from depression. Because you have better cognitive function and think you are smart it may increase your self esteem which helps avoid conditions like depression.

Out-smart – Because most people don’t eat breakfast, if you immediately start eating breakfast and improving your cognition you can out-smart the majority of the teen population.

Eating breakfast can help your grades go up in school due because you will have a longer attention span and will be able to obtain more knowledge. Also, adults who eat breakfast will find it easier to lose weight. Overall the small amount of time and effort required to make and eat breakfast seems a small price to pay for the great results of significantly improved cognitive function, and mood.

May 26, 2010

6 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

Filed under: health food — Tags: , , , , , — drwatson @ 12:24 am

I’m sure by now you’ve heard people telling your or someone you know to start drinking green tea. However, you might not know why you should drink green tea. Green tea is extremely beneficial to your health and can help keep you healthy and looking young for a very long time. Here are just a few ways that green tea can improve your health. Green Tea

1) Helps prevent prostate cancer – Green tea appears to cause prostate cancer cells to destroy themselves.

2) Stabilizes energy levels – Green tea can help balance blood sugar levels and improves insulin use, which helps prevent sugar spikes and the crashes that follow.

3) Prevents wrinkles and skin damage – Green tea helps destroy cells that would damage your skin cells, and cause wrinkles to appear. By warding off these damaging cells, green tea may help your skin stay smooth longer.

4) Fights colorectal cancer – Green tea has been shown to prevent colorectal cancers.

5) Green tea fights fat – Green tea increases the speed at which your body burns fat. Green tea targets belly fat in particular and can boost weight loss by 77 percent.

6) May help prevent lung cancer – Green tea was found to aid in the prevention of lung cancer cell growth.

March 8, 2010

4 Foods That Have an Unexpected Amount of Sugar.


Some foods and drinks pass themselves off as being healthy, but what most of us are unaware of is the ridiculously high amount of sugar most of these contain. Try to think of some of your favorite “healthy” snacks and look to see if they are really as healthy as they say they are. Some might be telling the truth, but you may be quite surprised about which of these foods and drinks have an unexpectedly high level of sugar in them.

Vitamin Water – You’d think that vitamin water would be filled with vitamins and other nutrients to help keep your body healthy and full of energy, but what you didn’t know is that some vitamin water, like Snapple’s Antioxidant Water may have over 30 grams of sugar.

Breakfast Bars – Breakfast bars are healthier than a doughnut in the morning, but they are nowhere near as healthy as they market themselves to be. Some of these breakfast bars have 13 grams of sugar in one serving. And just because they say organic doesn’t make them any healthier. Make sure you really pay attention to what and how much you are putting into your body.

Bran Muffins – Eating a bran muffin every morning seems like the healthy thing to do right? Well you’d be surprised. Sure there’s fiber in that muffin, but some muffins can contain 20 grams of sugar in them.

Bottled Iced Tea – If 8 ounces of Coca-Cola has 26 grams of sugar, then having some iced tea would be a much healthier choice right? Well, you’re partly right; yes it is healthier, but not by much. 8 ounces of Snapple Lemon Iced Tea contains 24 grams of sugar.

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