Better Than Eggs ... And Also Strangely Good For Eggs

by Anna O'Byrne May 23, 2014

Better Than Eggs ... And Also Strangely Good For Eggs

I am not an egg girl. Not at all. Even as a child, I couldn't handle the taste or smell. Now, I eat a plant-based diet and even the taste of a meringue is too much egg!

But recently I was at my GP for a check-up, and she made the case for eggs. She talked about how eggs are a top source of lutein.

Lutein is critical, no doubt. As a carotenoid, it’s related to beta-carotene, the uber-antioxidant. Lutein has been shown to prevent macular degeneration, cataracts, and may also play a role in preventing cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Ok, but eggs? Really?

For years, we were advised to limit egg yolks because of the cholesterol, but now we need to eat them for our heart, among other things?

Well, maybe not. As it turns out, lutein is found in abundance in plants. It’s in a wide range of leafy vegetables and fruits, including those ‘vegetables’ that are actually the fruits of plants, like squashes and peppers. 

It’s also in Moringa.

I unearthed an interesting study on Moringa and eggs, actually. Some enterprising researchers took it upon themselves to feed Moringa leaf meal to laying hens and measure changes in the quality of their eggs. Not surprisingly, the eggs of the moringa-eating hens got a significant nutritional boost: yolk colour, high density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good cholesterol”), and lutein content increased in the eggs of hens fed Moringa leaf. At the same time, the egg cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad cholesterol”) was reduced in these same eggs.

If the chickens had such great results, what can we expect? 

SuperLeaf Moringa is a natural, whole food, grown under conditions that maximize its nutritional qualities. It delivers lutein as part of more than 92 nutrients, including a wide range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and plant hormones. 

When you purchase SuperLeaf Moringa from retailers across Canada or from our online store, you’re supporting the work of Organics 4 Orphans (O4O) in some of the world’s poorest countries. We donate 100% of our profits after business expenses to O4O. Learn more here.

Source

AO Lala, OA Akinloye, OM Arigbede, PA Dele. Effects of Moringa oleifera leaf meal on the quality, antioxidant and cholesterol content of eggs. Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences. http://www.ajol.info/index.php/joafss/article/view/98348



Anna O'Byrne
Anna O'Byrne

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Anna O'Byrne is co-author of The Moringa Breakthrough, and part of the team behind SuperLeaf™ Moringa. She manages the social media, writes web content and runs digital marketing for SuperLeaf™ Moringa and Natural Calm Canada.



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