Are Eggs a Source of Cholesterol?

There is indeed cholesterol in egg yolks. If you are on a low-fat diet, it is best to limit your consumption of egg yolks to three a week. 

Cholesterol is found in animal products like whole milk, offal, and fresh and cured meat. However, for most people, dietary cholesterol alone has little effect on the level of blood cholesterol. To reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol and thus minimize the risk of chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, you should lower your intake of saturated fats (fatty meats, butter, etc.), trans fat (hydrogenated margarine, desserts, etc.) and refined sugars and opt instead for more fruits and vegetables, whole-grain cereals and mono- and polyunsaturated oils, including Omega-3 fatty acids.

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, doing exercise (minimum 30 minutes per day) and stopping smoking are also essential in the prevention of chronic disease.

Is it True that Egg White Heal Burns?

Treating minor burns by applying various products such as butter, oil, egg whites or flour was once a common belief. However, this belief has no scientific basis.

Furthermore, this practise could even be dangerous for your health! Applying such products on a burn significantly increases risks of infection. In fact, food products, such as egg whites, are excellent nutrient environments for micro-organisms.

Treat first degree burns (minor) and second degree burns that do not exceed 7.6 cm in diameter by following these guidelines:

Immediately apply cold, wet compresses or immerse the wound in cold water for 15 minutes to reduce inflammation and pain. Avoid applying ice.

Cover the wound with sterile gauze. Avoid cotton or any other material which could leave a residue in the wound. Do not apply pressure on the burned skin.

The pain can be relieved with an over-the-counter analgesic, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Ask your pharmacist if this product is right for you.

Consulting a doctor without delay is important in the event of a second degree burn with a diameter exceeding 7.6 cm, a third degree burn or a burn by electricity or chemicals.

References:

ED Morgan, J Barker, Ambulatory Management of Burns; American Family Physician; Oct. 1; 2000 (Document viewed online August 15, 2013 http://www.aafp.org/afp/20001101/2015.html )

Canadian Pharmacists Association, Patient Self-Care; First Edition; 2002; p. 634-636.

 

White Eggs are Less Nutritious then Brown Eggs?

Many people wrongly believe that brown eggs are healthier than white eggs. The truth is that both types of eggs are equally nutritious. A large, regular white or brown egg contains approximately 78 calories, 6.3 g of protein, 5.3 g of fat and 216 mg of cholesterol. 

Why is there a difference in colour? As a matter of fact, it’s because the colour of the egg’s shell is determined by the colour of the hen that hatched it. Brown eggs come from brown hens and white eggs from white hens. 

Therefore, your choice of eggs should not be based on shell colour. Instead, pay attention to freshness, size and price.  

References:
Health Canada. Canadian Nutrient File (CNF)  2005 version. [Viewed November 11, 2013].
 

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