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Eggs. Healthy or not?

  1. Baked, boiled and poached: an egg can be so tasty! But how (un) healthy are eggs really? Facts and fables listed.

  1. Eggs are healthy. Eggs don't make you fat. An average boiled egg contains only 75 kcal. Eggs contain antioxidants, which can prevent age-related eye diseases.

Source of proteins

  1. Eggs are rich in all essential amino acids. In addition, they are a source of biological, high-quality proteins. Finally, eggs contain useful substances such as iron, choline, folic acid and vitamins B2, B12, E and D.

Freshness

  1. To find out if an egg is still fresh enough to eat, just put it in cold water. The more the convex side floats up, the older the egg is. This is due to the air chamber of the egg. This gets bigger as the egg gets older. After six weeks, the air chamber is so large that the egg can float in its entirety. Then it is really time to throw the egg away. If you break open a fresh egg, you will see a round, firm yolk and translucent egg white with little spreading. Of course, the freshness of an egg is also checked before it reaches the store.

Cholesterol level

  1. The idea that eating a lot of eggs is bad for your cholesterol level is not entirely true. As long as you don't consume more than 300 mg of cholesterol per day and don't eat a lot of other products with saturated fats, you're fine. The white of an egg is free of cholesterol, the egg yolk contains 200 mg. According to the Nutrition Center, you can therefore eat three eggs a week without any problems. If you want an egg every day, you have to make sure that you eat as little as possible other products that contain a lot of cholesterol. These include fatty meats and cheeses, butter and margarines that harden in the refrigerator, sweet snacks and snacks.

Salmonella

  1. Salmonella is a gut bacterium that makes about 50,000 people sick each year through contaminated food. You run the greatest risk of getting sick if you don't heat eggs properly or mix them raw. The bacteria lives in the intestines of poultry and pigs and spreads through faeces. People can also be carriers and contaminate foodstuffs through poor hygiene. Some types of salmonella can cause a food infection. With a food infection you get bacteria. These will then multiply in your intestines and you will get sick. Because the multiplication takes a while, it can take up to 3 days before you become ill. Diarrhea, stomach cramps, headache, mild fever, chills, nausea, drowsiness and vomiting are the most common complaints. In most people the complaints disappear by themselves. But antibiotics are necessary in case of severe symptoms. Rest and plenty of drinking are generally the best way to get rid of the infection. After infection you can be a carrier of the bacteria for months without experiencing any complaints. Note: the salmonella bacteria can be deadly if you are dehydrated or if your kidney function fails. So don't go on too long with a food infection!

Bird Flu

  1. It is virtually impossible for you to become infected with the bird flu virus by eating eggs. You can only contract the disease after intensive contact with sick and dead birds that are infected. If an egg is nevertheless infected with bird flu, the virus will not survive heating in a saucepan or frying pan.

Easter Do you eat more eggs than usual at Easter? That's no problem. This has hardly any effect on the cholesterol level in your blood. You can eat an egg that has been painted with egg paint or felt-tip pens without any worries. Boil eggs hard, at least nine minutes. This way you prevent a salmonella contamination. You can store leftover eggs and eat them later. Also read Sense and nonsense about eggs Cooking with eggs The pH of butter, cheese and eggs Don't miss anything?

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