What are the myths and benefits of egg consumption?

Eggs are a meal that has been given a terrible name due to the myths that surround them, even though there are benefits associated with eating eggs.

What are the myths and benefits of egg consumption?
I'm curious as to the truth behind the rumors and the advantages of eating eggs. Photo by Mustafa Bashari / Unsplash

The celebration of World Egg Day, which has been held annually since 1996 to encourage the consumption of eggs, takes place on the second Friday of October. Although common misconceptions about this food—including that it's bad for us—have persisted, it supports normal physiological processes.

Eggs are often misrepresented as a source of harmful cholesterol

Although eating eggs might indeed increase blood cholesterol levels, this is actually to our benefit. Dr. Gregorio Rafael Benitez Peralta lectured on the topic of lipoproteins, or "good cholesterol" and "bad cholesterol," at Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM).

HDL lipoprotein, also known as "good cholesterol," transports LDL cholesterol out of cells and into the liver, where it is broken down and removed. Whereas low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the "bad" type because it can oxidize substances like cholesterol, leading to plaque buildup and artery blockage.

Dr. Gregorio Martinez found that while eggs themselves are beneficial since they raise levels of "good cholesterol," which aids the process of removing cholesterol, the things we typically eat with them, such as butter and bacon, are what truly make their consumption unhealthy.

Why exactly do we need to know the advantages of eggs?

According to the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), consuming eggs is highly advantageous since it boosts the immune system, offers nutrients crucial to the growth and development of the fetal brain, and is a good source of iron and vitamin B12.

Finally, the protein it contains permits the growth of the muscular mass, perfect for persons who are in rehabilitation or who are dedicated to bodybuilding.

It's interesting to note that in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was first elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, she ate 28 eggs in one week to lose 10 kilograms and appear as slim as possible on television and in newspapers. However, it has since been discovered that eating so many eggs causes constipation, wind, and bad breath; so, don't do it!

As one of the most nutrient-rich foods with benefits for every stage of life, the International Egg Commission established October as World Egg Month to encourage the consumption of eggs and dispel the myths surrounding them.