There’s a new reason to eat eggs for breakfast…New research has discovered how you can lower your blood pressure with this breakfast superfood.
Researchers from Clemson University just presented their findings at the annual American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans.
“Our research suggests that there may be another reason to call it ‘the incredible, edible egg,’” said study leader Dr. Zhipeng Yu. “We have evidence from the laboratory that a substance in egg white — it’s a peptide, one of the building blocks of proteins — reduces blood pressure about as much as a low dose of Captopril, a high-blood-pressure drug.”
Busting the Yolk of Bad PR
It’s only recently that studies have started to show the nutritional benefits of eggs. They’re a great source of protein. And they are low in saturated fat making them an ideal food choice. The yolk contains all the cholesterol. But it also packs lots of great nutrients such as zinc, iron, and vitamins A and D.4
You’ll get all the protein and blood pressure-lowering benefits from the egg whites. An egg white omelet or scrambled eggs with fresh veggies is a great way to start your morning. Always buy organic, free-range eggs. Now lowering your blood pressure can be delicious and healthy. We can’t say the same about blood pressure medication.
The son of cooking star Paula Deen whose southern roots came with lots of high fat, high sugar recipes has transformed a lot of those favorites into heart healthy versions. MensFitness.com shared this simple and delicious egg white omelette recipe from Bobby Deen.
- 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed (with all excess water squeezed out)
- 4 plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 12 egg whites
- 2 tbsp. water
- Nonstick cooking spray
1. In small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch salt; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is softened.
2. Add the spinach; cook and stir until hot.
3. Add the tomatoes, pepper to taste, and another pinch salt; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites, water, and a pinch salt until frothy.
5. Lightly coat a medium nonstick skillet or omelet pan with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat. Add one-fourth of the egg whites, swirling to evenly cover the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until set, using a rubber scraper to lift eggs up occasionally, letting runny egg flow underneath.
6. Spoon one-fourth of the spinach mixture onto half of omelet, fold over, and slide onto a plate. Repeat with remaining egg whites and spinach mixture.
Not only are eggs packed with nutritional value they are relatively inexpensive to buy and they can be cooked with all kinds of other healthy vegetables and meats to provide a balanced meal any time of the day. If egg white proteins lower blood pressure as the studies indicate I will be enjoying these delicate little treasures a lot more often.