Egg, Is it high-protein wonder also as beneficial in a diabetes diet? If yes, then how many should you consume in a day?
The growing rate of diabetes in humans has caused consternation Worldwide. Not only is the number of people affected increasing at an alarming rate, nut onset of the major forms of the disease occurs at every younger one.
According to a research study published by Lancet in 2018, about 98 million Indians stand at a risk of developing diabetes by the year 2030. Diabetes has no known cure, all one can do is to manage the disease which is not a very tough feat provided you have the awareness.
Diabetics should eat food rich in protein and fibre as it does not get metabolized too soon which ensures stable blood sugar levels. Some of the best additional meal are; vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, etc, but what about eggs?
According to American Diabetes Association, eggs are incredible for diabetes patients because of their low carb and high protein content. Some of its benefits are; prevents erratic blood sugar spikes, replete with many nutrients like vitamin A, B2, D and E, egg yolk contain biotin which is important for healthy hair, skin, and nails as well as insulin production, help in building muscles, very good for energy production, serves as adequate proteins that help with weight loss (Jyoti Bhatt).
All these benefits combined make eggs a diabetes superfood. The American Diabetes Association considers eggs an excellent choice for people with diabetes. Daily consumption of eggs are versatile and can be prepared in different indigenous menu to suit your taste such as; Egg mixed with vegetable soups, Egg mixed in Amala and other Nigerian swallows, Egg mixed in moinmoin for conventional Akamu breakfast or egg mixed in Akara balls as an appetizing menu, and many other traditional foods.
Diabetes can affect the balance of LDL (Bad) and HDL (Good) cholesterol in the body. Patients suffering from diabetes are at high risk of heart disease. Eggs are high in cholesterol with a large egg containing 200mg of cholesterol. Research has shown that cholesterol in foods has little effect on raising overall cholesterol levels in the body except foods with high saturated fat content such as; cakes, cookies, candis, snacks, etc.
Research study suggests that regularly eating eggs could improve fasting blood glucose in people with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. This suggests that eating an egg per day could reduce a person’s risk of diabetes.
Livestock Industry Foundation for Africa has been well invested in creating awareness and advocacy for improved dietary action to combat and mitigate disease(s). LIFA believes that policy makers and the public should be aware of the uniqueness of egg consumption to human health.