By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Belize Poultry Association is striving to debunk the old stereotype that eating lots of eggs is harmful because it raises cholesterol levels.
General Manager of the BPA, Orlando Habet, told The Reporter on Sunday that traditional research failed to make the distinction between good and bad cholesterol when determining that too much eggs is bad for you.
“Eggs actually raise the good cholesterol which decreases the negative effects of the bad one,” Habet said.
He added that traditional research was also based on consuming an unrealistic consumption of eggs.
The American Heart Association explains that by itself, cholesterol can’t dissolve in the blood and must be transported through your bloodstream by carriers called lipoproteins. which got their name because they’re made of fat (lipid) and proteins.
The two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol to and from cells are low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.
LDL cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible; while HDL cholesterol is considered “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries.
The BPA is encouraging all Belizeans to increase the consumption of eggs as a part of a healthy diet.