Why chicken & eggs are (still) good for you
First, they came , now they’re after our chicken. Is nothing sacred?
At MH towers, we’re well aware that prostate cancer is a problem all men should be tackling. Examinations should be booked, diets should be and care must be taken to ensure your prostate remains perfectly healthy. But the latest study claiming chicken and eggs contributed to prostate cancer really ruffled our feathers. This time the scaremongers have gone too far. The scientifically proven benefits of birds outweigh the tenuous evidence against. MH dissects these fowl untruths.
What’s it all about?
A study by the nutrition nerds at Harvard claims men with prostate cancer who regularly eat eggs and chicken had double the risk of prostate cancer progressing to areas like the bones. The study examined the lifestyle habits of men who’ve already contracted the disease.
The risk associated with poultry is thought to be perpetrated by carcinogens present in all cooked meat called HCAs, formed when proteins react at high temperatures. There’s been no definitive link between these chemicals and cancer in humans, but correlation between carnivorous tendencies and the disease has been doing the rounds for a while now.
The war on eggs is slightly different. Eggs contain a lot of choline, a nutrient which may cause pre-existing cancer to spread. The study also recommends switching out your regular milk with almond or soya alternatives for the same reason.
Should you pull poultry from the menu?
The short answer, as you might have guessed, is no. White meat from turkey and chicken is a leaner source of protein than the red stuff. Your body uses 80% of the protein it obtains from chicken instead of 74% from cows. White meat is also chock full with six times the heart-protecting fatty acids (like omega-3) or beef, according to a study from Western Washington University.A staple muscle-builder that also guards your ticker, chicken is no more a carcinogen than any other meat in your diet.
What about eggs?
The choline in eggs is actually classed as an “essential nutrient” according to the US’s Micronutrient Information Centre. It contributes to keeping your metabolism firing, and choline deficiency causes muscle damage and abnormal amounts of fat to be stored in the liver, igniting non-alcoholic liver disease.
So how often can I eat them safely?
With poultry and eggs, exercising the same caution as you would with any other meat –eating your greensand maintaining a balanced diet – is a no-brainer. In moderation, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your favourite muscle foods as you always have. Nutritional scaremongering makes great headlines, but when it comes to healthy eating, the swole truth is never as intimidating. Now get back to your chicken and eggs; the only question on your mind should be which comes first.
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