Thursday, July 25, 2013

Watermelon Milkshake and Eggs Good for your Heart

Watermelon Milkshake

This is really easy, requires two ingredients and has no added sugar. Blend frozen watermelon and milk and you have delicious watermelon milkshake. That’s all there is to it.

There are recipes that use unfrozen water melon, ice cube and milk/yogurt. That sounds good too but my recipe skips ice cubes. As such the milkshake has a stronger watermelon flavor and more nutrients. On the other hand it is less economical since ice cubes are free! So my recipe is suitable for personal consumption. For serving guests or selling, use a recipe that has ice cubes, the more the better. The recipe is available here

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One egg yolk contains 448 milligrams of cholesterol, well above the average recommendation of 290 milligrams per day for women. This probably explains why many stay away from eggs. The logic seems to be that eating cholesterol will increase your cholesterol levels in your bloodstream, resulting in greater chances of clogging your arteries. But this is not correct. Studies are now showing that the amount of saturated fat in your diet, not cholesterol, has a greater impact on increasing your blood cholesterol levels. And eggs are low in saturated fat.

A research study conducted at Yale University explored the impact of consuming whole eggs every day by women and men with coronary heart disease. After 12 weeks, those who ate two whole eggs or a half-cup of egg substitute did not have a negative impact on total cholesterol, blood pressure, body weight, or endothelial function. Their HDL cholesterol improved. Those eating three eggs daily also experienced an improvement in HDL levels.

In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, subjects with high blood cholesterol levels were told to eat two eggs per day. Their blood cholesterol levels only minimally increased, but half of this increase was of the HDL (good) cholesterol, which is positive for cardiovascular health.

Another study showed that the consumption of 2-4 egg yolks per day for a 5-week duration benefited macular health in older adults with low macular pigment optical density, increasing their HDL cholesterol and without increasing their LDL (bad) cholesterol.

The American Heart Association now allows one egg per day, for now, until new research says something else. 


  1. The milkshake sounds excellent and looks so frothy and refreshing! Excellent idea! I think I have never seen a watermelon milkshake anywhere.
    You might remember I'm a big fan of eggs. Since I learnt that the Japanese consume most eggs among the developed countries (and of course don't have high cholesterol levels), I feel even better (but I think I have already mentioned this information here).

  2. I also never heard of it previously. Watermelon is nice.
    Yes I do remember your "an egg a day keeps the doctor away" policy:) Scientists are so far behind.