Scramble back to eggs! Forget those high cholesterol warnings, they're healthier than ever, say expertsBy Sophie Borland
Last updated at 10:39 AM on 14th February 2011
For after years of telling us to shun them as an everyday food, the health police now say that eggs have become better for us.
The reason eggs have become more nutritious over the past decade is that hens are no longer fed bone meal, which was banned in the Nineties following the BSE crisis, the researchers claim. Instead the birds are normally given a mixture of wheat, corn and high-protein formulated feed, which makes their eggs more wholesome.
They suggested that when eggs are digested they produce proteins that mimic the action of powerful blood pressure-lowering drugs, known as Ace inhibitors.
A recent Surrey University study found eating one or two eggs for breakfast could help with weight loss as the high protein content makes us feel fuller longer.
The study, which involved volunteers eating two eggs a day for 12 weeks, also found that none had raised cholesterol.
In the Sixties many Britons ate up to five eggs a day but by the Nineties this had dropped to two or three a week – in part due to warnings about high cholesterol levels.
Charles Saatchi, husband of TV chef Nigella Lawson, recently claimed to have lost five stone by eating eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.