In the previous post we talked about the health benefits of seeds and spices. Today we’ll turn our attention to dairy products and eggs.
I know, some of you will say, “il est fou ce gars” (this guy’s crazy), but there are good reasons to include some dairy products in your healthy diet. One thing right away – dairy products should be coming from grass-fed cows, which produce omega-3-rich milk, cream and cheese. Once collected, dairy products should be minimally processed with no or low pasteurization and NO homogenization.
Dairy products do contain saturated fats. But you should know that most of us get only 25 percent of our cholesterol from food. Our body produces the rest. Besides, when you eat healthy saturated fats, it raises both your good and bad cholesterol. Some scientists even claim that it raises the good cholesterol more than the bad.
We need to be reasonable about this whole low-fat hysteria. Eating a reasonable amount of saturated fat products like dairy, avocado and eggs is not going to kill you and most likely is healthy for you (again in moderation). I personally eat cheese about once a week, avocados a couple of times a week and an egg every day.
Health Benefits Of Eggs
Yes, egg yolks do contain cholesterol, but what has been conveniently overlooked is the fact that they are also one of the richest sources of choline, a component of lecithin, which many people have eliminated or reduced in their diet. Choline acts like a fat and cholesterol dissolver. It keeps the cholesterol in the egg moving through your bloodstream and doesn’t allow it to accumulate on arterial walls. Lecithin breaks fats into small droplets and improves digestion. It also keeps cholesterol soluble, which keeps it moving in the bloodstream and helps prevent blockages or clots.
Eggs are also rich in minerals, vitamins, and essential amino acids. If you don’t want to eat eggs daily, one easy way to get these benefits is to make a healthy smoothie with a tablespoon of soy lecithin every day.
In recent research at the Kansas State University, scientists found a new substance in eggs called (take a breath) phosphatidylcholine that was found to block any LDL (bad) cholesterol from entering our bloodstream.
Continue reading about the best types of meat and fish for your healthy heart…