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16 November 2010

Health benefits of eggs

Everything you thought you knew about eggs is wrong: eggs don't raise cholesterol and they don't cause heart disease. Here's why you should include eggs in your diet.

Everything you thought you knew about eggs is wrong: eggs don't raise cholesterol and they don't cause heart disease. Here's why you should include eggs in your diet.

HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis (TB)  -  A nutritionally adequate diet plays an important role in how the immune system of the body functions. Deficiencies of protein and essential nutrients have a particularly detrimental effect on the ability of the body to fight HIV/AIDS and TB. Eggs are a naturally nutrient-dense food, which means that they have a high ratio of nutrients to energy (kilojoules). One large egg has 315 kJ and provides the highest quality protein (6 g/egg) and 13 essential vitamins and minerals. This makes an egg a valuable contributor to a nutritious diet for these diseases.

Pregnancy and foetal brain development - Eggs are an excellent source of choline, a nutrient which is essential for the normal functioning of all cells, for brain and nerve functioning and for the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Not only does it help to prevent birth defects, but it also helps to promote brain and memory development in the foetus, which is continued at birth and well into old age. Choline is therefore of extreme importance during pregnancy and lactation when a woman’s reserves can rapidly be depleted. Only one egg per day will provide 28% of a pregnant woman’s choline requirement.

 
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