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Eggs Are A Healthy Choice

Eggs Are Good Food Despite Being Condemned By Imperfect Science

 Why would doctors or scientists proclaim certain foods unhealthy, even if those foods have sustained human life for thousands of years? When doctors and scientists give the thumbs-down to traditional foods the problem may lie with the incomplete nature of their science rather than with the time-tested foods themselves

 In all of history it’s estimated the world’s total population combined has been between 50-100 billion people. Modern, western style medicine became prevalent in the early 1900s.. It’s been used to treat a  very small percentage of the people who have ever lived on this planet.

 An example of modern doctors’ incomplete understanding of a healthy time-tested food is the anti-cholesterol myth about eggs they began preaching 40-50 years ago (a comparative blink-of-the-eye, in all human history).

 Doctors vilified eggs because they figured out the yokes contain cholesterol. Unfortunately they failed to recognize that eggs also contain a natural fat emulsifier called lecithin. Studies published by Kansas State University researchers demonstrate that eggs’ lecithin prevents much of the  cholesterol from ever reaching the bloodstream

 Results of a heart health study published in the International Journal Of Cardiology in 2005 showed that egg consumption had no effect on total cholesterol or LDL (bad cholesterol). Also, the blood vessels ability to widen to keep blood flowing well, was the same in the group that ate eggs as in those that didn’t.

Eggs also contain nutrients known to reduce blood levels of homocysteine, an independent risk factor for heart disease. They’re an excellent source of choline, which has been linked with preserving memory, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect against
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Whole eggs,  a food that helped sustained human health for hundreds of generations was demonized by  western scientists and doctors who failed to understand the balance and perfection in this valuable,
natural whole food. 

Now, newer food controversies: Is Green Tea a health food or a health risk?
After plain water, tea is probably the most widely consumed beverage in the world’s history. Dr. Sheldon Sheps, a Mayo Clinic hypertension specialist advise us that tea and other beverages containing caffeine will raise blood pressure and may put us at risk..But what many researchers don’t undertand about Green Tea is that while it contains some caffeine, it’s quite balanced and  also contains the amino acid L-theanine. In the brain L-theanine increases dopamine and serotonin production and
induces relaxation.

Study results published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. proved a significant reduction of death from cardiovascular disease among drinkers of green tea. 40,000 people were studied for more than 11 years. Those drinking more than 5 cups of green tea everyday cut their mortality risk from cardiovascular disease by 16%.

Japanese Miso Soup has been a staple in the Japanese diet for thousands of years. It’s a salty, fermented soybean paste that is added to soup for flavor and health at the end of cooking. I think it’s delicious. Many western doctors consider the amount of sodium in miso to be a risk to cardiovascular health. But human studies on miso among Japanese adults conclusively prove the opposite.

One 10-year study involving 40,462 Japanese participants showed that despite miso being high in sodium, eating it regularly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke. Miso is another example of a time-tested traditional food that western doctors have yet to figure out.

Natto is another traditional fermented soy food.  It’s often eaten with rice for breakfast in Japan and is a rich source of easily absorbed protein. My wife loves it.

Natto is one of the world’s best sources of vitamin K, which makes it extremely valuable for calcium absorption and bone building Western doctors advise people using blood thinners to avoid all foods containing vitamin K because it’s also the blood clotting vitamin. Unfortunately they don’t understand the perfect balance of Natto which also contains Nattokinase, a natural proteolytic enzyme that breaks up blood clots before they can become dangerous. Its action reduces thrombosis that can lead to
heart attack & stroke.
Natto offers perfect balance, abundant vitamin K along with clot prevention

Before modern doctors and scientists condemn traditional foods they would show more wsidom by considering the multi-thousand year healthy history many time-tested foods have clearly demonstrated.

This article was written by Rob Pell who owns and operates Sunshine
Natural Foods in Grants Pass, Oregon. He 35 years experience with
natural foods, products, exercise and healing.

This article appeared in The Daily Courier 11-21-2012.