Health benefits of eggs

 Don’t be afraid of eggs. They are a super healthy food and can be prepared in many interesting ways

Around the world, eggs have been a breakfast staple from time immemorial and for all good reasons. Afterall, an egg is a storehouse of vital nutrients, making them an integral part of a healthy diet. And for those of you who are afraid of indulging in this power food because you’re worried that it will add to your weight, remember, one egg contains about 80 calories and about five grams of fat. Hence, smart consumption is a far healthier option to cutting them out completely.

 Eggs are a well known rich source of protein — an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. The body uses protein to build and repair tissues as well as making enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Unfortunately, unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply. Thus eggs are the perfect sources and a smart food choice for those who reduce their intake of carbohydrates in a bit to lose excess weight.

Another important nutrient you’ll find abundantly in egg white is riboflavin or Vitamin B2. And for all of you wondering what’s the benefit of this nutrient, Riboflavin is a water-soluble vitamin which is involved in vital metabolic processes in the body and is necessary for normal cell function, growth, and energy production.

The yolk, which many of us avoid out of fear, is actually a very healthy food, if consumed in moderation. Mainly fat, the yolk contains 1.33 gm of cholesterol per 100 gms and is a rich source of vitamin A, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, lecithin and iron. Incidentally, the iron found in the yolk is easily digested and assimilated in the body. According to nutrition experts, one can eat one whole egg every day without harming one’s cholesterol and other blood-fat levels. But for those who crave for more eggs, you can reduce fat by using one whole egg and the whites of the rest of the eggs.

And now for all the ways you can eat them. There are four basic ways in which eggs can be prepared. They are us under:

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 Boiled
For many of us, this is a comfort food that brings back yummy childhood memories. Boiling an egg is one of the healthiest way you can consume it and is the perfect option for those watching their weight. To make the perfect boiled egg, drop the eggs in their shells (preferably at room temperature) into simmering water, and cook for three to 10 minutes on a medium flame. Here’s the interesting part. A short cooking time produces a soft boiled egg, with a runny yolk while boiling the eggs for a longer time will give you a nice hard boiled eggs, which can be eaten plain, sliced, mashed and even added to variety of dishes.

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 Poached
You may have heard the term often and wondered what exactly the hype is all about. Well, to put it simply, a poached egg is one that has been cooked by poaching it in water. Like a boiled egg, this too is an oil free preparation method. To poach an egg, let water simmer in a pan. Crack the egg into a small bowl and then gently slid it into the pan. Cook the egg until the white has solidified but make sure the yolk remains soft. The ‘perfect’ poached egg has a runny yolk, with a hardening crust.

Glass of orange juice

A glass of orange juice is literally packed with healthy nutrients.

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1. Vitamin C

Standard glass of orange juice contains all the vitamin C that you need for a day.

2 . Potassium

It reduces the risk of high blood pressure .

3 . Folic acid (vitamin B9)

It is known that it helps to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Participates in the synthesis of amino acids.It Is also especially important for pregnant women.

4 . Thiamine (vitamin B1)

It plays an important role in the release of energy from carbohydrates , regulates appetite , supports muscle function and is very important for the proper function of the nervous system.

5 . Phytonutrients

Especially flavonoids are natural antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent oxidation and damage of cells and are associated with the power of reducing the  risk of cancer.

There are a lot of other beneficial effects , which are associated with the intake of orange juice . Some studies show that orange juice favorably affects cholesterol levels in the blood. According to others it is also useful in weight loss.

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Bruges, Belgium

The historic town of Bruges Belgium (Brugge) is a gorgeous Gothic city located near the Belgium coast.  In the 11th century, Bruges was one of the world’s largest cities.  Today, it is a popular tourist destination that features famous landmarks, tourist attractions and some great museums and art galleries.
Visitors to Brugge can enjoy bike rides along dykes, strolls through local parks and shopping throughout the town. Bruges is also acclaimed for its great chocolate and local beer.

There are excellent hotels, guest houses and B&Bs in central Bruges, near the Brussels Airport and close to the Ostende ferry terminal.
Bruges can be easily reached by train from Brussels, Paris or Amsterdam.  The Brussels airport is a short distance away, as is the ferry and “chunnel” to England.

Recently, Bruges has become widely known around the globe, thanks to the Hollywood movie “In Bruges” which stars actor Colin Farrell.

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Why do we remember the shape of a paper clip ?

Like a miracle : take a paper clip , unfold it and deform , then holding the tip of the pliers gently hold it briefly over a candle flame and it becomes again the same as before . How is this possible?

Take your time to try , it will not work with each clip . ” Privileged “ are those of a special alloy metal called “shape memory” . When heated, they ” remember “ what they looked like in the process of production before being chilled, and return to it’s original state .

The most successful one is nitinolat alloy – of nickel and titanium.  Copper and zinc , copper, nickel and aluminum work better. They can exist in two structures – the high temperature austenite and martensite low . The transition between them is provided by the temperature changes.

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“Remember “ metals are used in many fields – from medicine to aerospace . For example, stent expansion artery is inserted easily into the blood vessel and unfolds only when it reaches its destination . Extensive use in braces to correct teeth , and frames of glasses – not a tragedy if someone sits on them and bent. Especially valuable are those alloys in the manufacture of artificial satellites , in particular for the part of the solar panels. They are sent into space folded to occupy less space in the rocket , and deploy them only when heated by the sun. They find a place even in underwired bras . The transition from one phase to another can be effected not only by a change in temperature. There are materials that ” remember “ the shape with the help of magnetic fields.

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Memory metals are used in automobiles – Spring example. Nitinolat occurs in fire sensors in robotics . It is believed that in the future these metals will produce artificial limbs – arms and legs that can be tailored to each individual patient. By having a good memory metals will make active structures that will move as prosthetic muscles.

The effect of metal shape memory was discovered in 1932 by Swedish researcher Arne Olader in an alloy of gold and cadmium. Nitinolat was born in 1962 at Naval Research Laboratory in the U.S..

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Honey – Nectar of Immortality

The ancient Greeks worshiped it highly, according to them honey made mythology gods immortal. Honey is a miracle tool that not only tastes good, but it is also really health beneficial.

The ancient physician Hippocrates had known the benefits of the honey, such as its ability to remove heat or to help heal skin wounds. From the physico-chemical point of view, honey comprises up to 80% of sugar, including sucrose and fructose, and about 20% water.

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 The miraculous

It is scientifically proven that honey heals wounds. Biochemical studies have shown that nearly 60 types of bacteria , including some extremely dangerous as Staphylococcus aureus , can be overcome by the honey. Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, are destroyed by compresses copper . In many hospitals , for example , dressings made ​​with copper for patients with decubitus – wounds resulting from bedsores .

Scientists believe that the antimicrobial activity of honey is due to the enzymes produced by the bees . Its properties will remaine intact only if the honey is not subjected to heat treatment. The high sugar content in honey leads to the fact that it derived from bacteria vital to their existence. Another important component is the hydrogen peroxide which has a lethal effect on the microorganisms.

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The combination of milk and honey is recommended for sore throats. The presence of flavonoids in honey does help in the fight against viruses. Nowadays, researches are done to prove the anti-cancer effect of honey. Acetylcholine is another useful ingredient in honey, which has a positive effect on heart rhythm disorders, and the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure. However, honey should not be heated above 40 degrees, because it loses its healing abilities.