Enjoy These Without Feeling Guilty Now
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Recently, I came across an article about eggs. For years I avoided eating eggs because their yolks contain a large amount of cholesterol—184 mg each on average—and the natural theory was that it would get into my bloodstream and clog up my arteries. But, studies now disprove that. Eating food with high amounts of cholesterol—eggs, chicken liver, shrimp, etc.—it turns out, doesn’t increase arterial blockage; the cholesterol never gets there to any significant degree.
Researchers discovered that the body creates cholesterol in amounts much larger than what we can eat. So avoiding foods that are high in cholesterol won’t affect blood cholesterol levels very much. And about 85 percent of the cholesterol in the circulation is manufactured in the liver. It doesn’t come from the cholesterol we eat.
I have since given up all thoughts of an egg white omelet, not only because it tastes better with the yolk included, but also because it’s healthier. Egg yolks, I’ve learned, are rich in protein—6 grams per egg—Choline, a nutrient for the brain, and Lutein & Zeaxanthin compounds that protect against eye disease.
This information about eggs started me thinking. How many more beliefs have been shown to be myths? I think about sunshine, for example. When I was a child, it was thought sunshine was good for you and people basked in it—not me because it actually hurt my skin, so I stayed out of it, but my husband, Richard, recently had to have two Mohs surgeries to remove a couple of basal cell cancers that just surfaced because of sun exposure in his youth.
It seems there have been so many truths that turned out to be myths over time, beginning with Galileo, who was imprisoned because he said Earth was not the center of the Universe. It’s almost as if, if we live long enough, we’ll eventually be wrong about everything. J.
But back to the egg; it’s not alone in its rebirth. According to Johns Hopkins Health Review, here are other things they say that used to be bad, but are no longer:
Popcorn. Popcorn is a whole grain that contains fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants.
Fat. The 2015 dietary guidelines removed limits on overall fat intake, recommending you avoid trans fats and keep saturated fats to less than 10% of daily calorie intake.
Coffee. Coffee has antioxidants linked to decreased risk of diabetes, heart failure, and Parkinson’s. Drink less than 400 mg/day. (One cup is about 100 mg).
Virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that burn easily instead of becoming stored fat.
Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavanols, linked to improved circulation and memory and lower blood pressure. Look for at least 70% cocoa.
Potatoes. Potatoes are a source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber—especially when the skin is eaten. Try sweet, red, or purple potatoes.
Keeping pace with the ever-changing list of foods to avoid is interesting, but not easy. For example, fat used to be strictly banned, but now, “healthy fat” helps you feel more satisfied after a meal, and that may lead to eating less and possibly weight loss, so the focus has shifted to limiting saturated fat to help control cholesterol, says the Review.
However, just because some foods are no longer forbidden, it doesn’t mean we can indulge in excess. We must never forget to be constantly aware of serving sizes.
Do you like ‘em sunny-side up or over easy?