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Is The Penny Finally Dropping Out There…

Posted by The Coach on December 11, 2011

Big props to the GMHBA Health Fund (Disclosure: this is my private health fund). In the latest edition of their member magazine “Great Health” they have an article on the benefits of consuming eggs, “The Good Egg”.

In the article they outline the nutritional benefits of consuming eggs:
– 2 average eggs provide two-thirds of the day’s requirements for vitamin B12, iodine, pantothenic acid (vit B5), riboflavin, vitamin A and vitamin E and 20-25% of the day’s requirements for protein, folate, iron and phosphorus.
– Eggs also provide zinc and are one of the only food sources of vitamin D and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly the long chain DHA and EPA.

The article also addresses the common myth about eggs and increased blood cholesterol. The article cites a 2007 study by well-known Australian dietitian Sharon Natoli, that found there was no association between egg intake and the risk of cardio-vascular disease (CVD) and stroke in most people. Natoli, S. et al. Nutr and Diet 2007

Even the Australian National Heart Foundations’ 2009 Position Statement on Dietary Fats recommends that within a low saturated fat diet, individuals may consume 6 eggs per week without adversely affecting CVD outcomes. This recommendation is based on the fact that a number of studies have shown no relationship between eating up to 6 eggs per week and CVD incidence in any population including those with metabolic syndrome, diabetes or hypercholesterlemia. The most recent studies have shown eggs have little effect on total (TC) and LDL – cholesterol. National Heart Foundation, Position Statement: Dietary fats and dietary sterols for cardiovascular health, 2009.

We have noticed a slow change in nutritional recommendations coming from places like Dietitians Australia and the National Heart Foundation with a move away from the carb-loaded days of the past 20 years. There is a long way to go before we see big improvements in the health of our populations, however we applaud any change in the right direction and any publicity of such. Good work GMHBA Health Insurance!



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