BY REBECCA AKINMOLAYAN
YES oh! Eggs have gotten a lot of bad press. Everywhere, in the hospitals, in the media eggs have being labeled off-limits for those who desire a healthy heart.
A new study featured in the online journal, Risk Analysis, reports that eating one egg a day accounts for less than 1 per cent of the risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women worldwide.
Poor diet, smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle are cited as the chief contributors (30 to 40 per cent) to heart disease risk, with men having higher risks than women.
Risk factors that could be potentially treated, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, accounted for a whopping 60 to 70 per cent of the risk. In this light, a single egg doesn’t seem so big a threat.
AWAY with the myth that egg is bad for your health and should be rationed for a healthy heart. Instead of worrying about an egg a day, we should be more concerned about the potential risks of stress (especially chronic stress), physical inactivity, and poor overall diet choices (like diets high in junk foods and low in fruits and vegetables).
This research, which was funded by the Egg Nutrition Centre in conjunction with the John Hopkins University, has proven that healthy adults really can eat (whole) eggs without increasing their heart disease risk significantly. Aside this, it is imperative to also know how eggs help the heart. Eggs:
• Are high in choline, an organic, water-soluble nutrient that is usually grouped with the B vitamins. They are also high in betaine, a nutrient related to choline. Together these 2 are associated with lower levels of homocysteine (an amino acid that studies has shown to be related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease).
• Are a great source of High Biological Value (HBV) protein that is high quality protein. In fact, eggs are considered to be the best overall source of protein.
• Provide 13 essential vitamins/minerals, including riboflavin, an important B vitamin needed to help your body get energy from food. Eggs also contain vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin lacking in the diet of many Americans. People who are overweight and/or have diabetes are at a higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.
• Help you feel full, since your body produces a hormone called PYY when you eat high-protein foods. PYY tells your brain you’re no longer hungry, so if you’re trying to lose some pounds, opting for a high-protein snack like a boiled egg can really help you feel full (and it’s only 75 calories!).
HOWEVER, if you want to keep the fat and cholesterol content in your diet low, eat the egg whites and skip the yolk, since all the protein (and virtually none of the fat) is in the whites.
This study, however, seems to be suggesting that even the egg yolk isn’t anywhere near the health risk people have perceived it to be for all these years.
They’re also a very affordable source of protein, a big plus in today’s economy! The bottom line is if you like eggs and it is okay by your doctor, then go ahead and enjoy them, yolks and all!
BY MIKE EKUNNO
WAS recently at a valedictory party for a woman, who was leaving the country to take up a higher position, as Nigeria’s representative to a multi-lateral agency.
As is usual with such events, there was an overflow of encomiums by the colleagues of the departing lady extolling her virtues as a mentor.
As I sat back soaking up all the positive vibes of the occasion, I began to wonder at why some subordinates are more amenable to accepting mentoring and leadership from some types of bosses than from other types.
Some colleagues and subordinates at work cannot take a correction or rebuke from their superior without feeling resentful.
At the said party, the celebrant came across as Mother Hen while all her ‘brood’ among whom could be found other grown chicken all took time to extol her patience, grace, punctuality and, above all, strictness. So it was not as if they love her because she indulged them. As a public servant, it is certainly something of note that she was efficient, strict, but well loved all the same. The same cannot be said for many strict people.
They are mostly resented. Can one therefore be firm and fair; tough but well loved? Who initiates mentoring – the mentor or the protégé? What are the mannerism issues that go with correcting?
Mentoring should be a seamless process whereby the protégé of his own volition discovers that he has got some positive qualities to imbibe from the mentor.
The wise ones say that when the student is ready, the master appears. The mentor, on his own part, must display some gracefulness and understanding in mentoring a subordinate.
These are two sides of the same coin — a teachable spirit and the grace to teach. No one can learn from somebody they resent. Sadly, resentment goes two for a kobo among un-smart folks. You can not put an intelligent person down without his permission — to paraphrase the motivational adage. But some people are easily angered and feel easily insulted without realising that the original insult is coming from within them.
Sorry to say, the public services are full of such types. Have you ever tried to reason with the secretary of a boss you have something with? Once the logic goes beyond what he/she is used to, the next thing you hear is: “Are you teaching me my work?” This happens all the time whether you are talking of government offices or checkpoints (you know by whom mounted). Many cannot endure the force of logic, which they see as exposing their dumbness. Is that why they say you should not argue with someone carrying a gun? Are all gun carriers dumb?
Correcting adults can be a dicey issue because of their fully developed egos. But this shouldn’t discourage anyone. It is better not to correct anyone in full view of others. This is to save them from losing esteem in the sight of others.
Also in correcting, one should show how the thing can better be done. Examples are better than precepts, as the saying goes. Many subordinates resent capricious bosses. These types change what they want like the weather.
When a subordinate or younger person has used initiative on a matter that comes out badly, it is better to commend the initiative first before correcting. Bosses should be proactive and unambiguous in their instructions. Most times you’d have to anticipate what may likely confuse a subordinate and provide against it.