Doctors Share Why Salted Egg Dishes Might be Jeopardising Your Health

Doctors Share Why Salted Egg Dishes Might be Jeopardising Your Health

Salted duck egg dishes have been making a huge food wave the past year – from crabs to steamed buns, bread and even desserts! But do you know that there are hidden dangers if we consume too much of it?

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Salted duck egg is pickled in salted brine solution or packed in damp, salted charcoal paste, giving it its salty flavour. It is said that each salted duck egg contains more than 10 grams of salt, which attributes to its high fat and cholesterol content. According to the American Heart Association, a diet high in cholesterol and salt can raise blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and put you at risk for heart disease, stroke and other major health problems.

With its high salt and cholesterol content, it is imperative that we consume salted duck eggs in moderation. Each egg contains 619 milligrams of cholesterol, which is more than twice the daily recommended limit (The American Heart Association recommends an average daily cholesterol intake of 300 milligrams for a healthy adult), or more than three times the limit for those suffering from high cholesterol or heart disease.

It is advisable to limit your salt and cholesterol intake when eating salted duck eggs by controlling your portion size to one egg and pairing it with low salt or cholesterol-free ingredients, such as vegetables and fruits. If you like salted eggs but don’t want the extra cholesterol, eat only the egg whites as they contain no cholesterol.

Or if you’re up for a health challenge, you might want to avoid salted duck eggs entirely.


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Article contributed by Dr Christina Low, Medical Director & General Practitioner, SMG Medical


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