Boiled, scrambled, or fried, eggs are always delicious. They have been considered "man's best friend" since time immemorial. Whether you are running out of time or feeling lazy, an egg or two can always come to your rescue. You can make a wholesome meal with it in just a few minutes. But unfortunately, the discourse around eggs can be controversial. In fact, our knowledge of the food ingredient is ever-evolving, to say the least. With so much mystery swirling around eggs, it often gets difficult to differentiate between facts and fiction. Hence, we thought of looking into the facts to dispel some of the most common myths about eggs. So, without further ado, let's go through the list of misinformation regarding this popular food ingredient. Read on.
Myths Vs Facts: Here Are 5 Common Misconceptions About Eggs:
Myth 1: Eggs Are Bad For the Heart
Fact:Eggs are high in cholesterol, which is why people with heart problems mostly avoid eggs in their diet. But did you know the reality is just the opposite? A study by Harvard Medical School found that the cholesterol content in eggs doesn't directly affect our heart health. In fact, if eaten in moderation, eggs may help prevent heart risks. The researchers stated that eating one to three eggs a week can lower the risk of developing heart disease by 60 percent, whereas eating four to seven eggs a week can lower it by 75 percent.
Myth 2: Eggs Should Not Be Paired With Milk
Fact: Eggs are a great source of protein, amino acids, and healthy fats. On the other hand, milk consists of protein and calcium in adequate quantity. So when the two are combined, they create a great meal to balance out the protein intake in the body, explains nutritionist Mehr Rajput.
Myth 3: Raw Eggs Help Add Extra Protein To Your Diet
Fact: We have heard this a lot, especially from fitness enthusiasts focusing on building body and muscle. But consultant nutritionist Rupali Datta states the exact opposite. According to her, raw eggs increase the risk of Salmonella bacteria production in the body, which further increases the risk of food poisoning and other infections, causing serious illness in people. "So it is always better to boil eggs to avoid any such bacterial risks," Rupali Datta adds.
Myth 4: Wash Eggs Before Boiling Or Cracking Open
Fact: This is a common practice in several households. People tend to clean the eggshell and wash off the dirt before using it for cooking or boiling. However, an article by the Government of South Australia explains that the eggshell becomes more porous when wet, making it easier for bacteria to get inside the egg. Hence, it is better to discard dirty eggs than to wash them.
Myth 5: Egg Yolk Makes You Gain Weight.
Fact: This is probably one of the oldest myths doing the rounds. You will often find people tossing the golden yolk from their plates. If you are doing it too, then stop! Several studies from across the globe found that egg yolk causes no weight gain or weight loss. In fact, it is enriched with protein, vitamins, and minerals that help you stay full for a longer period of time and support the weight loss process.
Now that you are aware of these myths and facts, we suggest making a wise decision while choosing eggs for your next meal.
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