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Thursday, September 14, 2017

ARE EGGS GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?

The medical profession seems to keep reversing itself on many common foods and drinks.  That is not because they want to confuse you.  You might rightfully ask, how could doctors have been so wrong for so long on so many things.  And what's next?

Well, you should look on this matter in a positive manner.  Researchers get smarter and determine better truths, reporting on facts that sometimes change the accepted norm.  For example, and some of these deserve postings worthy of focus, but of course in the appropriate balance:
  • Bacon was once full of saturated fats and dangerous nitrites, and were lethal.  Turns out bacon has less fat than many other cuts of meat, and, with no trans fats.  Also, don't burn bacon, for if the nitrogen compounds are not converted into nitrosamines, all should be well.  Finally, bacon has a whole host of vitamins, including omega-3 fatty acids and choline.
  • Red meat was once bad for you.  If you don't eat too much (3 ounces 3 times per week should be fine), red meat can help control your weight, decreases inflammation and boosts your energy.  Plus, you get high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.  Also Japanese wagyu has 30% less unsaturated fat than American beef.
  • Butter has saturated fat and once was avoided.  Margarine with trans fats of course should be ignored .  Butter is an excellent source of good fatty acids and actually helps support weight loss.
  • Potatoes are full of carbohydrates and will only make you gain weight.  Well, the current view of science is that they tame hunger and can slim you down.  One study ranked them better than brown rice and oatmeal.  Also this root has a wide range of vitamins.
  • Milk is not good for you.  That was before, now, whole milk is probably best, especially if you live an active life.  However, most still have not quite gotten that message:
  • Coconut oil has more saturated fat than most other cooking fats.  For a long time people stopped using coconut oil.  Now we learn that the oil in coconut is healthy saturated fat, the high density lipoprotein kind.  People who consume coconut products reduced abdominal fat.  What exactly should you do?  Sprinkle unsweetened flakes over yogurt or use coconut oil for stir-fries.  I also like the taste of coconut.
Okay, so what about eggs today?  Turns out the high cholesterol in eggs do not necessarily convert to high cholesterol in your body.  There are so many factors at play, but, on balance, an egg a day seems now okay.  There remains a sense that the white of the egg is better for you, but the yolk contains most of the vitamins...and fat.  If you read the shielded reports from the egg industry, they will try to convince you to consume two or three/day.  Coming from egg layers, I would treat that info with some disdain, not that they're necessarily wrong.

In the USA our third of a billion egg layers lay almost an egg a day, numbering 7.55 billion eggs/year, or 24 eggs/person/year.  According to Wikipedia, the laying flock about equals the 7 billion people living on Planet Earth.  Something got be wrong here, for why would the U.S. have one tenth the per capita ratio of hens?  In any case, the egg industry in the country could well expand production by a factor of ten if everyone consumed an egg/day.

A few more bits of info about eggs:
  • Egg storage?
    • In the U.S., eggs are washed, eroding the outside protection, and should be refrigerated.  The storage length can be about a month, but best to use within three weeks after purchase.
    • Turns out that only Americans, Australians, Japanese and Scandinavians refrigerate eggs.
    • Unwashed, as in Europe, eggs can be left unrefrigerated for several months (hard to believe this) without spoiling.  In the UK, hens are immunized against salmonella, and eggs are safe unrefrigerated for 21 days.
    • Soaked in salt or pickled, a long time, but, maybe not a hundred years.
    • Not recommended to freeze whole eggs, but with the shell off, up to a year.  Not recommended to freeze hard-boiled eggs because the white becomes tough and watery.
  • There are more than 140,000 cases of salmonella poisoning from eggs in the U.S.
  • Hate to do this to you, but, about salmonella:
    • Incubation period from several hours to two days.
    • While gastroenteritis is the sign, you can also get nauseous, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache and blood in the stool.
    • Symptoms can remain for two to seven days, and bowel movement might not return to normal for several months.
  • Eggs should be stored with the pointy side down.  Why?  Something to do with moisture storage.
  • Does the float test work?  A fresh egg will lay on the bottom of a glass of water.  At three months, the egg will stand up straight in the glass.  But it is said (not by me) that if the egg still touches the bottom, it should be safe to eat.  HOWEVER, IF THE EGG FLOATS, THROW IT AWAY.
Anyway, go ahead and enjoy your one egg/day, or up to three if you believe some reports, but first check if the egg industry sponsored the research.  I don't think I've ever consumed seven eggs/week once in my life, but now I won't feel guilty having eggs anytime.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average should today break its all-time record.  I'll provide details later.

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An abundance of ocean storms:


From the Atlantic, future Hurricane Jose is still expected to miss the USA, but the track appears to be getting closer and closer:


Two storms will become hurricanes, one should skirt below Acapulco and the other into Baha:


Nothing so far for Hawaii, but in the West Pacific, Typhoon Talim hurt Miyakojima and, now at 125 MPH, is headed for Kyushu, probably close to Kagoshima for landfall, while Typhoon Doksuri will impact Vietnam.


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