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Egg-Citing!

Apr 26, 13 Egg-Citing!

Well, since I was going to write about eggs yesterday but was distracted by another topic, I figured today was a good day to talk about the egg-citing, ahem, exciting news about eggs. Earlier this month, redOrbit reported that at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers presented findings from a study that showed that a component of egg whites might actually lower blood pressure.

The egg has a history of being seen as an unhealthy indulgence in the past, but many recent studies have found it to be full of health benefits. Yes, it is high in cholesterol, but it also has protein and other nutrients important for health. When eaten with a healthy, well-balanced diet, eggs can be very beneficial. And now, research shows that they actually help lower blood pressure. Well, at least the egg whites do.

So to study the effect of egg whites, researchers examined a specific egg-white peptide, RVPSL, which is an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. ACE inhibitors are active ingredients in popular blood pressure meds, and they fight ACE, which is produced in the body naturally and constricts blood vessels. If blood vessels constrict, then blood pressure rises.

Here’s what the researchers did specifically, “To examine RVPSL’s effects, the research team used laboratory rats with high blood pressure. The rats were orally administered RVPSL and their blood pressure was evaluated using a tail-cuff device. Both the systolic blood pressure and the diastolic blood pressure were measured before and after administration of various doses of the peptide… The results of the experiments were generally positive, showing that RVPSL is non-toxic and capable of lowering blood pressure in small doses…” In fact, the egg-white peptide lowered blood pressure by the same degree as one blood pressure medication called Captopril.

The American Hearth Association website explains healthy blood pressure levels:

Image Credit: American Heart Association

Image Credit: American Heart Association

If eggs can help someone who falls into the prehypertension levels lower to normal levels, then perhaps people should eat more egg whites. Of course, one should always talk to his or her doctor before changing any part of their diet or health regimen, but asking a doctor about the possibilities of egg whites for lower blood pressure never hurts.

I have written about my affinity for eggs in the past. Egg whites are definitely part of my love. In fact, for a long time, the egg whites were my favorite part of the egg. Still today, I appreciate and love the egg white. The egg is quite possibly my favorite food. I am careful with it because it does have cholesterol, but I also balance my meals with plenty of grains and fiber to help combat the cholesterol. I will also just have egg whites in order to avoid the majority of the egg’s cholesterol.

This new study gives us all just one more reason to love the egg.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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  • Anonymous

    While you eat your eggs, which I agree are a fantastic source of nutrition, consider the chicken and egg problem. What came first: the chicken or the egg?

    Islam provides the solution to this dilemma.
    The Creator created the first chickens.

    This “chicken and egg” problem is one of the problems that prove evolution is not a satisfactory explanation for the origin of life on Earth.

    Rayshell, see this site so you will understand the reality of the Theory of Evolution:

    http://evillusion.wordpress.com/impossiblities-of-evolution/

    Many people have been deceived by evolution as being the most logical explanation for the origin of Life. They have taken this as the basis for rejecting the existence of God by saying, look, science shows how we came to be here so we don’t have to believe in the myth of a Creator. Evolution is more similar to pseudoscience and a religion for atheists to ascribe to. Don’t be a blind believer Rayshell.

    There are religious people who blindly believe what they believe because it came from their parents. I don’t believe Islam blindly. I questioned it for years and was prepared to accept Christianity or Atheism if I found that to be the truth. I came to understand there is no way that Islam could come from other than a non-human, all-knowing source i.e. the Creator of the Universe.

    In the past, people worshiped idols (statues) simply because that was the tradition of their forefathers. No one in that society questioned the fact that they built this idol with their own hands and that this idol could not speak or benefit them with anything. Evolution, in my opinion, is a modern-day idol. Scientists support it to justify their irreligious beliefs. I’m not saying that no scientist sincerely believes in evolution, which is far from the truth, but there are major problems with evolution that I believe these people tend to overlook and say, “We still don’t have the evidence yet for that” or “That must have evolved.” Don’t fall for the deception by staying close-minded on this issue. Examine it with a critical eye and trust me, you won’t regret it.

    I’ll leave you with one thought about DNA.

    There are 3 BILLION genetic letters in DNA. the amount of information in human DNA is roughly equivalent to 12 sets of The Encyclopaedia Britannica— an incredible 384 volumes” worth of detailed information that would fill 48 feet of library shelves! The precision of this genetic language is such that the average mistake that is not caught turns out to be one error per 10 billion letters. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, commented that “DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised.”

    Rayshell, is this a coincidence or this by design? Who’s design? It is in your own interest to ask these fundamental questions.