The egg food industry, and even some authors who feel in the mood to shoot a counter-current suggestion, will certainly agree with this controversial statement ...
"An egg a day keeps the doctor away".
Are you thinking where I got this sentence?
It was one of the suggestions that one nutritionist showed me one day, which I didn't even intend to consult on that occasion (but that's another story).
However, the fact is that this nutritionist had to be genuinely convinced that eggs did really well to proudly suggest consumption even one a day.
... But will it really be like this?
- 1 AN EGG PER DAY LEAVE THE DOCTOR OF TORNO?
- 1.1 THE TWO SINGLE DISEASES CAUSING THE MOST DEAD IN THE WORLD
- 1.2 ARE EGGS GUILTY OF ARTERIES OCCLUSION?
- 1.3 3 EFFECTS (NEGATIVE) OF EGGS ON BLOOD FATS
- 1.4 HOW INTESTINAL BACTERIA (EVEN GOOD BACTERIA) WORSE THE NEGATIVE EFFECT OF EGGS
- 1.5 ARE EGGS EASILY DIGERIBLE AND ASSIMILABLE?
- 1.6 THE EGGS ARE A FOOD OF THE SURE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TUMOR RISK?
- 1.7 ARE THERE OTHER WAYS IN WHICH THE EGGS INTERFACE NEGATIVELY ON THE RISK OF CHRONIC-DEGENERATIVE DISEASES?
- 1.8 TWO WORDS ABOUT THE QUICK EGGS
- 1.9 REGARDING THE ANTIALLERGIC EFFECT OF QUAIL EGGS (ALBUME)
- 1.10 CONCLUSIONS
AN EGG PER DAY LEAVE THE DOCTOR OF TORNO?
It is appropriate to take a deeper look at the problem, because certain contemporary currents (such as the paleo diet and other similar ones) think that there is no contraindication to their use - even daily - indeed, they also have who knows what health properties.
Hey, are you serious?
Certainly a sporadic egg here and there during the year will not negatively affect health (if one wishes to eat it), but let's see what really risks those who frequently eat eggs ...
And let's do it based on the most reliable scientific research, not on the coolest trends of the moment and not even on popular beliefs.
Let's start with a statistic from the World Health Organization.
The two killers that cause the most deaths in the world?
THE TWO SINGLE DISEASES CAUSING THE MOST DEAD IN THE WORLD
N ° 1. Cardiac ischemia
N ° 2. Stroke
So let's talk about chronic-degenerative diseases that affect the cardio-circulatory system.
Fortunately, both of these killers are enormously under our control and their onset can be avoided through the right diet.
You will probably know that most of these chronic-degenerative diseases that affect the blood transport circuit (which in turn transports oxygen and nutrition to the organs and draws out the toxins that are then expelled) concern the OCCUPATION OF BLOOD VESSELS.
ARE EGGS GUILTY OF ARTERIES OCCLUSION?
This gradual occlusion (closure) of the blood vessels - particularly the arteries - is ultimately caused by three joint events:
1) Deposit of cholesterol in the blood vessels
2) Cholesterol oxidation
3) Inflammation (and consequent recall of immune cells)
These three events generate a progressive obstruction of the arteries until the blood can no longer pass. At this point the obstruction causes the interruption of the supply of oxygen and nutrients to a certain organ or district of the body.
This leads to more or less serious events depending on where the obstruction occurs. You can also arrive at a paralysis or death.
Cholesterol, oxidation and inflammation are all three effects included in the "egg package".
On the one hand there is the inflammation associated with the well-known diffuse allergenic capacity of the eggs (above all of the albumen).
On the other hand, scientific studies have shown that eggs not only raise bad cholesterol (LDL) but also have the ability to raise the oxidizing potential of the fats themselves (lipid peroxidation).
3 EFFECTS (NEGATIVE) OF EGGS ON BLOOD FATS
A study on the consumption of 2 eggs a day in the sun 3 weeks produced in the participants the following pejorative changes in cardiocirculatory risk factors:
1. Increase of bad cholesterol (LDL) of 11%
2. Decrease of good cholesterol (HDL) always by 11%
3. Both the blood and the circulating LDL cholesterol of the participants in the experiment showed a greater susceptibility to fat oxidation (peroxidation) respectively + 42% and + 34%
In short, the eggs simultaneously produce the three conditions through which over time the obstruction of the arteries develops.
But that is not all.
Among the worst things that could be said of eggs I add only one more particularly significant for those who want to do real prevention through nutrition.
And it concerns the relationship between a particular form of choline, phosphatidylcholine (of which the eggs are rich) and a greater susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases.
The discovery is this ...
The sources of phosphatidylcholine such as red meat, cheese and eggs promote arterial obstructions also through a biochemical mechanism that passes through the "work" of the intestinal bacterial flora.
HOW INTESTINAL BACTERIA (EVEN GOOD BACTERIA) WORSE THE NEGATIVE EFFECT OF EGGS
Intestinal bacteria transform this particular form of choline into trimethylamine N-oxide, a pro-atherogenic molecule, which promotes the development of atherogenic plaques in the blood vessels.
Thus, from 3 atherogenic mechanisms we now know 4 of atherogenic mechanisms triggered by eggs.
ARE EGGS EASILY DIGERIBLE AND ASSIMILABLE?
"Structural or functional properties of egg proteins that make them strong allergens. Their ability to sensitize and / or elicit allergic reactions is linked to their resistance to gastroduodenal digestion."
Translated: "... the functional or structural properties of egg proteins make them all strong allergens. The their ability to sensitize or trigger allergic reactions they are related to their resistance to gastroduodenal digestion. "
THE EGGS ARE A FOOD OF THE SURE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE TUMOR RISK?
La trimethylamine which is formed in the body following the feeding of eggs is not only associated with a greater atherogenic risk, but also with the risk of cancer.
In fact, men who eat even less than one egg a day have a DOUBLED RISK to develop a tumor progression towards bone metastasis.
ARE THERE OTHER WAYS IN WHICH THE EGGS INTERFACE NEGATIVELY ON THE RISK OF CHRONIC-DEGENERATIVE DISEASES?
THEarachidonic acid (contained in the eggs) is the precursor of the cascade of inflammatory molecules (bad eicosanoids ie prostaglandins of the 2 series) associated with chronic-degenerative diseases of which I list the effects:
- they favor the Piastinal aggregation
- they are vasoconstrictors
- are inflammatory
- stimulate cell proliferation
- they depress the immune system
It is worth going easy, exactly the opposite of "an egg a day keeps the doctor away" I would say.
TWO WORDS ABOUT THE QUICK EGGS
The text in quotation marks I got it from an integrated medicine course I attended last year.
In this part of the course, the antiallergic virtues of quail eggs (mind you, only antiallergic virtues - in fact read the text in quotation marks below ...).
"The standard treatment with quail eggs consisted in inserting in the patient's diet a certain number of fresh quail eggs, in a well defined sequence, reported here:
- 6 eggs per day in a single administration, for 9 days
- 9 day break
- 6 eggs per day in a single administration for 9 days
- 9 day break; if necessary, consolidation therapy was continued for another 6 days, otherwise the therapeutic protocol was concluded and the control diagnostics were carried out.
This protocol, although bringing clinical benefits to the vast majority of patients, was unfortunately not without its drawbacks, such as:
- increase in patient weight
- digestive problems
- nausea when taking eggs.
For this reason, we have sought galenical forms that overcome these drawbacks."
Therefore, as is well known, all types of eggs do not differ in the proportions of the fats they contain.
Quail eggs can also raise cholesterol like chicken eggs, however, given the smaller size, more quail eggs are needed to achieve the same effect on cholesterolemia.
REGARDING THE ANTIALLERGIC EFFECT OF QUAIL EGGS (ALBUME)
THEovomucoid andovoinibitore are components naturally present in the white portion of the quail egg.
Whole quail eggs have the same negative cholesterol potential as hen eggs, while a galenic preparation of the same eggs no longer presents these problems.
The inverted text is extracted from the integrated medicine course where people spoke about antiallergic active ingredients of quail eggs.
"The histamine induces the basophils to degranulation and feeds this vicious circle. Activated mast cells produce tryptase and it is these enzymes that break the "shells" that contain histamine. The ovomucoid + ovoinhibitor inhibits the mast cell serine proteases, thus preventing histamine release and the consequent allergic inflammatory process that follows."
However, if one wishes to obtain the antiallergic effects of quail eggs, it is sufficient to use special preparations rather than whole eggs.
Whether it's chicken eggs or quail eggs, research shows that it seems like it's not a good idea to stick to the creative advice of "one egg a day keeps the doctor away".
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