4 Remarkable Ways Eggs Make Men Healthier
Eggs are the classic food for men’s health. Traditionally men have eaten eggs daily and touted the many health benefits. Some of the most virile men in recorded history attributed their health to regularly eating eggs. And yet, in recent times, many of us have been scared away from eggs, the traditional superfood.
Who among us doesn’t love a good scramble? Eggs overeasy? What about a giant omelet with a side of potatoes fried in butter? These traditional breakfast foods have long been staples of men during times in which heart disease was virtually unheard of. Meanwhile, today men’s testosterone levels are plummeting. It’s time to bring back eggs.
In today’s article I’m going to give you some very eggs-ellent (sorry, but I couldn’t resist the pun) reasons why eggs should be a part of most men’s daily diets.
They’re Loaded With Cholesterol
Eggs are one of the very best sources of dietary cholesterol. A single egg contains just shy of 200 mg of the stuff. Compare that with a serving of butter, providing a measly 30 mg or a four ounce steak with just 100 mg.
Without eating a couple of eggs a day, most men will have a hard time eating enough cholesterol.
I can already hear you asking, “What?! Enough cholesterol? I thought that we were supposed to avoid that stuff like the plague!”
Unfortunately, that’s the common misconception. Most people believe that dietary cholesterol is bad for health. That’s because decades of smear campaigns have convinced most people that it is true. But science never supported that claim.
Every day the body needs about 2000 mg of cholesterol to maintain health. That’s because cholesterol is essential for brain health, nerve health, cell health (cholesterol forms the cell membrane of every cell in your body), and to produce testosterone. Cholesterol is so important that your liver manufactures it because you can’t take a chance that you’ll be short on it.
Dietary cholesterol, however, may be able to relieve the liver of some of that burden. But it does not harm blood cholesterol levels. In fact, studies show that eating dietary cholesterol from eggs helps to improve blood cholesterol levels.
In the blood there are several types of transporters for cholesterol. They are called HDL and LDL. When the ratio of HDL to LDL is low, that spells out problems. So you want high HDL levels and low LDL levels. Eggs increase the ratio, which is a good thing.
Among LDL, there are different sizes. The small type are problematic. Eggs increase the size of LDL, making LDL beneficial instead of harmful.
So don’t be scared of eggs because of the cholesterol. In fact, eggs can improve blood cholesterol and also boost testosterone production.
Eggs Are Good For The Liver
Eggs are one of the few foods that provide large amounts of a nutrient called choline. Choline is something that most men do not eat enough of. And that’s bad news for the liver.
Studies show that people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are severely deficient in choline. Not only that, but feeding those people choline can reverse the disease. Choline plays many important roles in maintaining liver health. And to keep your liver healthy, eggs are one of your best allies.
Best Quality Protein
We all need enough protein every day. Eating too little protein is rare among omnivores in the United States. As a result, we don’t tend to think too much about protein quality. But when it comes to health, it turns out that not all protein is created equal.
Protein is composed of building blocks called amino acids. Different types of protein have different types of amino acids. When it comes to human health, some types of protein contain less-than-optimal amino acid ratios. But eggs are the very best quality protein known to man.
Eggs are one of the most concentrated (and delicious) forms of nutrition known. Not only do eggs contain healthy cholesterol, choline, and optimal protein, but they are jam packed with other important nutrients.
Eggs are an impressive source of selenium. A single egg contains 22 percent of the recommended value of this important nutrient. Selenium is important for all people, but particularly for men. It helps support healthy hormone levels and immune function.
Eggs also provide zinc in modest amounts. As you probably know, men have a higher requirement for zinc than women because zinc is important for male health. Zinc is concentrated in testicles and is essential for testosterone production.
Eggs also are good sources of important fat soluble vitamins A, D, K, and E, all of which many people don’t eat enough of. And eggs are a great source of many healthy B vitamins that help with energy production in the body.
Finally, eggs provide some other nutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients have been shown to be very important for eye health. Eating enough can prevent macular degeneration.
It’s All About The Yolk
A popular practice these days is to eat egg whites without the yolks. But don’t make that mistake since the yolks are where almost all of the nutrition is. All the B vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, cholesterol, lutein, and zeaxanthin are only in the yolk. Plus, the yolks taste the best. I mean, who wants to eat an all egg white omelet? Not me. The whites contain some of the protein and are perfectly healthy to eat along with the yolks.
Studies have shown that eating 3 eggs per day is healthy and causes no problems. No one has formally studied the effects of eating more than that, but based on tradition you can be sure that eating as many eggs as you want is perfectly healthy. Many men have historically eaten dozens of eggs per day! So don’t be afraid of eggs. They are one of nature’s very best foods for men.