Patient tested, doctor approved

Eggs get the seal of approval from patients and healthcare practitioners alike

OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - In today's fast-paced world, it can be difficult to understand healthy lifestyle choices.  It seems as though a new study is released daily detailing a new dietary fad, or a new and improved way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  This is particularly challenging for Canadians who are managing health issues.

Take for example 65 year-old Frank Pearson of Orillia, Ontario. Ten years ago, when Frank was diagnosed with coronary heart disease (CHD), he was both surprised and uncertain of what to do next.  While he knew that he would have to make changes to his lifestyle through diet and exercise, he was afraid that it would mean giving up many foods that he'd enjoyed his entire life, like eggs.

"Figuring out how to manage the condition was challenging at first," said Mr. Pearson.  "My wife and I had to educate ourselves about dietary cholesterol. As a family, we've always enjoyed eggs and we often cook with them, so I was relieved when my doctor told me that I could keep eggs in my diet."

Unfortunately, Frank Pearson is not alone.  Many Canadians are confused about dietary cholesterol. Dr. Christian Constance based in Montreal, QC, counsels many patients who are anxious and worried about how they should manage their diets after a CHD diagnosis.

"I tell all of my patients that active living and eating well can create a healthier lifestyle," said Dr. Constance.  "After a coronary heart disease diagnosis, this is especially true. Dietary cholesterol, like what's found in eggs, has very little effect on blood cholesterol levels - which are the levels I'm concerned about as a doctor. It's much more important to reduce overall fat intake, reduce saturated fats like bacon for example, and choose the right types of fat rather than simply eliminating foods that contain cholesterol. I absolutely encourage my patients to include eggs as an important part of a healthy diet."

While eggs do contain cholesterol, studies have consistently shown that the nutritional benefits of eggs far outweigh cholesterol concerns.  One such study, found that for the majority of adults aged 25 and older, consuming one egg a day accounts for less than one per cent of CHD risk.1  Consider the advice of Dr. Constance, "An egg a day is ok."

Eggs can play an important role in a well-balanced, heart-healthy diet.  Eggs are a nutrient-dense food, high in vitamins, nutrients and minerals, while being low in both calories and saturated fat.2 Eggs are a good source of protein, providing the body with long-lasting energy that will last throughout the day. They are also convenient and inexpensive.

For Canadians looking to make healthier choices, a recipe like Curried Egg & Potato Salad is a great start; one serving is a good source of protein and fibre. For more information about cholesterol and great recipes, visit www.livingwellwithcholesterol.ca

Curried Egg & Potato Salad

Makes 8 servings
Preparation time:       
Cook time:                 

20 minutes
5 minutes

Nutrients per serving: 190 calories; 6 g fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 140 mg sodium;   26 g carbohydrates; 3 g fibre; 6 g sugars; 7 g protein

Ingredients:  
6    
4    
2    
2/3 cup (150 mL)  
1/3 cup (75 mL) 
hard-cooked eggs, cooled
medium potatoes, chopped into small cubes
medium eating apples, chopped
chopped celery
chopped green onion
Dressing  
1/3 cup (75 mL)  
1/4 cup (50 mL) 
1 tbsp (15 mL)  
2 tsp (10 mL)   
fat-free yogurt or sour cream
low-fat mayonnaise
vinegar
mild curry powder, or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Peel and chop four eggs; cut remaining two eggs into wedges for garnish. Cook potatoes 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; drain well. Combine, in large bowl, eggs, potatoes, apple, celery and onion. Whisk together dressing ingredients in small bowl. Pour dressing over potato mixture and fold to coat well. Cover and chill until serving.

About Egg Farmers of Canada
Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) represents farmers producing eggs on Canada's 1,032 regulated egg farms located in each province and the Northwest Territories. EFC is dedicated to providing fresh, nutritious and high-quality eggs at reasonable prices to all Canadians. For more information, visit www.eggs.ca.

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1 Barraj et al. (2008) - A Comparison of Egg Consumption with other Modifiable Coronary Heart Disease Lifestyle Risk Factors: A Relative Risk Apportionment Study.
2 Living Well With Cholesterol.  http://www.livingwellwithcholesterol.ca/eggs-and-cholesterol/eggs-cholesterol/an-egg-a-day-is-ok.

 

 

Image with caption: "Curried Egg and Potato Salad (CNW Group/Canadian Egg Marketing Agency)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111116_C6150_PHOTO_EN_6716.jpg

SOURCE Canadian Egg Marketing Agency

For further information:

Roxanne Carrière 
Egg Farmers of Canada 
613.238.2514 x2267 
          Anne Yourt
MSL Canada
416.847.1304


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