Food Diary (April 14, 2012)
Lunch: Taro, vegetable stir fry
Dinner: Mixed vegetables and rice
Today's Favourite Photo
Source: La Mia Vita Dolce
Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Chicago Tribune
We are increasingly seeing reversals in food recommendations by researchers. Coconut oil for example is now considered healthy. The newest U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines allows eating up to one egg a day, yolk and all, within a healthful eating plan.
The egg yolk, with about 213 milligrams (mg) per serving, is one of the most concentrated sources of cholesterol in the diet, though there is recent debate over how high-cholesterol foods really impact heart disease.
Recent studies show that the relationship between dietary cholesterol and blood levels of cholesterol, the type that causes heart disease, is very complex and highly individual. Research has failed to provide conclusive evidence that one egg a day can raise your blood cholesterol or risk for heart disease.
Yolks contain high quality protein and essential vitamins and nutrients. One of the most powerful benefits of the yolk is the concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids responsible for its rich, golden color. They are key components in the human eye, and eating foods that contain these nutrients preserves good eyesight and prevents vision loss.
While spinach and some other foods are excellent sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that lutein in eggs is three times more available to your body, compared with an equivalent amount of cooked spinach.