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Eating Egg Yolk Is Bad For Your Heart? Science Says The Opposite

Eating Egg Yolk Is Bad For Your Heart? Science Says The Opposite

Nutrition research suggests that eggs not only are a convenient source of nutrients but they can also play a pivotal role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health, and more. In fact, according to a study done by the Egg Nutrition Center,[1] simply consuming one egg a day reduces the risk of stroke by as much 12 percent.

Egg Myth-Busting

Decades-old research has sustained and perpetuated the idea that eggs are bad and should be consumed sparingly if at all. This was largely because one large egg contains between 186 and 213 milligrams of cholesterol.[2] And all of the cholesterol is in the yolk.

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Scientists and health professionals have drilled into our brains that high blood cholesterol is the primary cause of heart disease. Cholesterol- in and of itself–is not bad.[3] It helps your body build new cells, insulate nerves, produce hormones, and make testosterone, which all in-turn help to increase energy and build muscle. Under normal circumstances, the liver produces all the cholesterol the body needs. However, cholesterol also enters your body from animal-based foods like milk, eggs, and meat. Too much cholesterol in your body can increase your risk for developing heart disease.[4] Since eggs are fairly high in cholesterol, it was assumed that eating them regularly–particularly the yolks–was a precursor to heart disease.

Today, researchers understand that cholesterol in food is not the true and sole culprit for heart disease. Studies have revealed that saturated and trans fats actually have a much greater effect on blood cholesterol. According to research conducted by Dr. Luc Djoussé, a heart disease researcher at Harvard Medical School, dietary cholesterol does not translate into high levels of blood cholesterol.[5]

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“Current scientific data do not justify worries about egg consumption, including egg yolk, when it comes to heart health,” he says.

Eggs–specifically the yolks–are good for your health

Egg yolks contain almost all the vitamins and minerals in the egg. There’s just no comparison. Most of the vitamins and minerals in an egg are lost if the yolk is discarded. The white of a large egg contains around 60 percent of the egg’s total protein. Additionally, fat and cholesterol in the egg yolk[6] contain fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D, E, A, choline, and carotenoids,[7] which may aid the body in absorbing these essential and important nutritional components of eggs.

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Eggs also contain phospholipids which may affect cholesterol and inflammation levels in beneficial ways, help decrease blood pressure, and improve vascular function.[8] Preliminary research results have revealed that phospholipids may also help to protect against Alzheimer’s Disease,[9] although the results from these studies are still far from definitive.

In 2000, the American Heart Association (AHA) revised its dietary guidelines and gave healthy adults the green light to enjoy eggs once again. The AHA’s guidelines now allow healthy adults to consume an egg a day but still advise on keeping the total daily cholesterol limit to less than 300 mg.

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Best cooking methods to unlock eggs’ nutritional benefits

Applying heat to good food is a naturally destructive process. The chemistry of heating foods looks a lot like unwinding molecules. In vegetables, heat can break down cell walls to sometimes help make nutrients more accessible to your gut. In egg whites, the proteins become unwound, to become slightly more bio-available (which refers to the proportion of a nutrient that is absorbed from the diet and used for normal body functions). Or to put it simply, heating egg whites is generally beneficial. The yolks, however, should be prepared with as little heat as possible, because heat damages fats and the vital nutrients inside. 

Raw eggs are the most nutrient-rich way to consume eggs, however experts warn against this practice as raw eggs can contain Salmonella[10] and other harmful contaminates.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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