Tweaklet #45 – Eggs

I love the humble egg. Such a perfect and complete energy-giving little package. And there’s a long list of health issues that they support – from protecting your skin and eyes from UV damage…. to improving liver and brain function.

Eggs are a wonderful source of inexpensive quality protein. They are high in omega-3s and fatty acids. All good things, Yet eggs are quite controversial!

For a long time, eggs were thought to raise cholesterol but clinical trials now indicate that they regulate cholesterol absorption and inflammation in the bloodstream.

It was suggested years ago that we should limit our consumption of eggs yet now studies show that eggs can overturn even very serious conditions like metabolic syndrome.

The most important part about eggs is making sure you buy free-range. It’s not just about using your buying power to vote against the disgusting and inhumane conditions of caged chickens – that’s super important – but nutritionally, free-range eggs are very different.

Free-range eggs contain one third less cholestero, one quarter less saturated fat, than eggs from caged chickens, They have two thirds more vitamin A, two times more omega-3, three more times vitamin E, and seven times more beta carotene!

And something else I’m in the process of researching is people’s sensitivity or allergies to eggs. I have it on good authority, but not yet verified, free-range eggs are more likely to be fertilised, as in a rooster strutting his stuff around his hens – and that fertilised eggs do not cause any sensitivity or allergy.

I’m still looking into this but meanwhile, it strengthens the case for buying the best kind of free-range farmers’ market eggs you can find.

And that’s today’s tiny food tweak from Tweaklets.

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Tweaklet #38 – Raw vs Cooked

An interesting topic of discussion amongst foodies and nutritionists is raw versus cooked. There is a growing amount of evidence to support the health benefits of eating raw food as opposed to cooked and in fact shifting to a completely raw diet is no longer thought of as a fad.

A raw food diet is usually one that includes a wide selection of fruits and vegetables and eliminates all packaged and processed foods.

Contrary to popular belief raw food is actually more easily digested than cooked, plus raw food retain more nutritional value from not having been heated.

Raw foods help to alkalize the body and reduce acidity and the digestive enzymes mean they are more easily eliminated which means there is less chance of food fermenting in our body.

Some of the benefits of eating raw, apart from better digestion, getting more fibre, and easier pooping….. include a lowering of inflammation………. improvement in heart health and liver function…… as well as giving us more energy and better clearer skin.

Raw versus cooked is a really interesting topic and a fun one to play around with. As with any kind of dietary change, take it slowly and do your research to find out what suits your body the best.

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