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Eat more eggs to heal your heart

Men's Fitness - - Fast Track | 10-minute Meal -

For years we were told that eat­ing too many eggs was bad for our hearts be­cause they raised lev­els of HDL (or “bad”) choles­terol. The think­ing be­hind those claims has been largely dis­cred­ited, and a new study has found that the op­po­site is true – eat­ing eggs can im­prove the health of your heart. This re­search found that pro­teins in eggs were con­verted by en­zymes in the stom­ach and small in­tes­tine into pep­tides that act the same way as ACE in­hibitors, which are used in medicine to lower high blood pres­sure, ac­cord­ing to the jour­nal Food Chem­istry. Try the Turk­ish-in­spired break­fast below to in­crease your in­take of heart-heal­ing eggs.

EAT THIS TURK­ISH EGGS

Bored with scram­bled eggs? This spicy Turk­ish dish will add some va­ri­ety to your morn­ing meals. As well as the protein pro­vided by the eggs, you get a hefty dose of mus­cle fuel from the yo­gurt, while the other in­gre­di­ents pro­vide both de­li­cious flavours and more health ben­e­fits. Gar­lic has anti-inflammatory prop­er­ties, for ex­am­ple, while ex­tra vir­gin olive oil pro­vides vi­ta­mins E and K.

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS

2 eggs / 1½ cloves gar­lic, crushed / 100g Greek yo­gurt / 20ml ex­tra vir­gin olive oil / 10g un­salted but­ter / ½tsp dried chilli flakes / 1 stalk of fresh flatleaf pars­ley, chopped / 25ml white wine vine­gar

TO MAKE

l Mix the gar­lic with the yo­gurt and half the olive oil. Whisk for ten sec­onds and put to one side. l Melt the but­ter in a small pan un­til it’s a nutty brown colour. Re­move from the heat, add the chilli and stir, al­low­ing it to siz­zle.

l Add the re­main­ing oil and the pars­ley, then set aside. l Add the vine­gar to a deep pan of sim­mer­ing wa­ter and poach the eggs.

l Serve the eggs in a bowl on top of the yo­gurt mix­ture, pour­ing the olive oil/ but­ter mix­ture over the top.

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