Eggheads scramble our columnist’s brain

Drew McAdam pic, Gazette columnist
Drew McAdam pic, Gazette columnist
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Had an egg for breakfast? Did you enjoy it? Then you probably didn’t read the remarkable new research from academia.

Scientists are obsessed by eggs these days and I can’t help wondering if some egg producers have done something to annoy the lot of them.

The latest? A Canadian study has revealed that eating egg yolks could be as damaging to your health as smoking cigarettes.

Who are paying these people to come up with this stuff? Obviously not the chicken and egg farmers, eh?

However, in another study, Professor Judith Buttriss of the British Nutrition Foundation said that eggs now contain 70 per cent more vitamin D than 30 years ago.

A couple of eggs provide two-thirds of the recommended daily amount for vitamin D.

So that’s good, right?

Yet another survey, this time in Louisiana, USA.

Researchers released a statement informing us that eating eggs for breakfast is more effective at preventing hunger for overweight people than having cereal – a way to lose weight in other words.

Subjects were split into two groups with half given an egg breakfast and half given a cereal breakfast.

Three hours later the thousands of participants in this experiment were given lunch to test their hunger. Sorry, did I say thousands? I meant to say 20.

That’s right, 20 people. Half given eggs and half given cereal … those who had the eggs didn’t feel as hungry as the others once lunchtime rolled around. Wow!

Meanwhile, Boston University’s latest research demonstrates that a diet rich in the nutrient choline protects the brain from the effects of ageing.

And where do you find this magic nutrient? That’s right – in eggs.

And it’s not just scientists who take an unhealthy interest in eggs.

In 1988 Health Minister Edwina Currie told reporters that “most of the egg production in this country, sadly, is now affected with salmonella.”

Egg sales plummeted and the Government had to provide compensation of millions of pounds to cover the cost of purchasing surplus eggs and for the slaughter of unwanted hens.

It was, of course, all tosh. Goodbye, Edwina.

Me? I’m going to work on an egg and while I travel through the rush hour I can consider that my egg is poisoning me, boosting my memory, meeting my vitamin D requirements, reducing the signs of ageing, helping me lose weight and killing me as surely as the cigarettes I smoke.

I can also consider that these academic authorities on the humble egg really should go out and get real jobs. We’re funding their research – but we’re not listening to them.

Edwina Currie could help them formulate their letters of resignation.

Drew McAdam