Eggs are one of the few foods which are loaded with nutrients, many people classify it as a super foods. Still the consumption of egg has been always questioned. High intake of eggs has traditionally been discouraged, people have been advised to limit their consumption of eggs or at least egg yolks, mainly due to their high cholesterol content.
Eggs remain one of the most controversial food items. A single medium-sized egg contains 186 mg of cholesterol, which is 62 per cent of the recommended daily intake (RDI). In contrast, the white is mostly protein and low in cholesterol.
As per a new study it has been found that eating an egg daily can have a beneficial effect on the blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of Type-2 diabetes.
For the study, published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 239 serum samples were analysed during the mean follow-up of nearly 20 years in four groups:
1. Men with higher (mean intake one egg per day)
2. Men with lower (mean intake two eggs per week)
3. Men with egg intake who developed Type-2 diabetes (cases)
4. Men with remained healthy (controls)
"The study explored potential compounds that could explain this association using non-targeted metabolomics, a technique that enables a broad profiling of chemicals in a sample," said lead author Stefania Noerman from the University of Eastern Finland.
As per the study the researchers said the following point:
1. Eggs are also a rich source of many bioactive compounds that can have beneficial effects on health. This means that the health effects of consuming eggs are difficult to determine based solely on their cholesterol content.
2. The study suggested some plausible mechanisms which could at least partly explain the inverse association between egg intake and the previously observed lower risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.
3. The researchers has also identified several biochemical compounds in blood that predicted a higher risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, including the amino acid tyrosine.
"Further detailed investigations with both cell models and intervention studies in humans that use modern techniques, such as metabolomics, are needed to understand the mechanisms behind physiological effects of egg intake," Noerman noted.
(Inputs taken from IANS)