Duck egg is one food which commonly consumed in various countries, including in Indonesia. However, are duck eggs good for health? Let's discuss anything strengths and weaknesses duck eggs in terms of nutrition.
In addition to containing protein, fat, and antioxidants, duck eggs also contain multivitamins and minerals. For example, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, vitamin D, folate, selenium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. To explain the advantages and disadvantages of duck eggs, this article will include chicken eggs as a comparison. Let's see.
Advantages of Duck Eggs
One duck egg contains 130 calories, 9 grams of protein, 1 gram of carbohydrates, 100 mg of sodium, 150 mg of potassium, 154 grams of phosphorus, and 600 mg of cholesterol. While a chicken egg contains 60 calories, 5.5 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of carbohydrates, 60 mg sodium, 60 mg potassium, 85 mg phosphorus, and 165 mg cholesterol.
From these data, we can observe that the protein content in duck eggs is higher. Protein is an important component for building and repairing various body tissues, such as skin, blood, bones, and muscles. In addition, the body also uses protein to produce enzymes and important hormones.
Another benefit of protein is to help the body feel full. nowBecause there is more protein in duck eggs, these eggs can make you feel full longer than eating chicken eggs.
Plus, duck egg yolks that are more orange in color contain more carotenoids, which are a group of antioxidants that can protect body cells from free radical damage.
Disadvantages of Duck Eggs
Behind the advantages, duck eggs also have disadvantages. From the nutritional figures above, it can be seen that the cholesterol level of duck eggs is quite high. The dangers of high cholesterol cannot be underestimated.
High cholesterol can make fat build up on the walls of the arteries, increasing the risk of narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition can disrupt blood flow to the heart, brain, and the rest of the body.
In addition, the occurrence of blockages in blood vessels can also cause several diseases, such as peripheral artery disease, stroke, and even heart attack. For those of you who have a history of heart disease, it is advisable not to overdo it in consuming duck eggs.
Another thing that may be lacking in duck eggs is that they are high in calories. Eating too many high-calorie foods can cause weight gain, if not accompanied by regular exercise.
So, it's okay to eat duck eggs, as long as the portion is not excessive. Especially duck eggs that have been used as salted eggs. If you have certain health conditions, you should first consult with your doctor to find out how many duck eggs you can consume.