How many eggs do you eat per day? This question was pose to the general Nigerian populace by the Poultry Association of Nigeria while trying to sensitize on the important of taking as many egg as they can in a day.
The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) also went further to advise Nigerians to eat as many eggs as possible irrespective of age and sex, citing previous beliefs on egg consumption as erroneous and misleading.
According to the blogger, health.com, PAN described the egg as containing all the basic nutrients needed in the human body. Mr Ezekiel Ibrahim, the National President of the association gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
Ibrahim, who frowned at the misconception about egg consumption from aged 50, described it as a complete meal. He said that every human being needed egg from “cradle to grave’’ for healthy living.
According to him, egg is one of the products, which has 98 percent requirements of what people need and can’t get in any other product. “People are not aware that protein, energy, everything you require in your system, you can get it in egg.
“We have a tradition before that if you are above 50, you do not need egg because it has cholesterol and that has been proven otherwise by the recent scientific research. “All animals, including humans are from egg, so egg is a complete diet; you get all the basic nutrients from it. So why will you not eat an egg at a certain stage? “But as applicable to all things, you must not take it in excess or abuse it,” he advised.
According to the Harvard Institute, the advice about eating eggs has over the years, ranging from a limit of three to seven per week. Although eggs are high in cholesterol, dietary cholesterol does not affect blood cholesterol very much in most people. Saturated fat from meat and full-fat dairy products likely plays a bigger role.
However, some people are more affected by dietary cholesterol than others. People with high blood cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease should eat no more than two eggs a week. Focusing on overall diet quality, rather than one particular food, is also important.
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