Salted eggs are one of the ‘icons’ of Indonesian specialties. Usually salted eggs are made as side dishes to eat or processed with other foods. Then, are salted eggs as healthy as ordinary chicken eggs? Check out the reviews.
Why can't salted eggs be considered healthy food?
In Indonesia, duck eggs are better known as salted eggs. This egg is intentionally marinated by soaking it in salt water. The egg white has a sharp salty taste, while the egg yolks are slightly orange and not too salty.
According to Kalpana Bhaskaran from Nutrition Research and the Head of Glycemic Index Research Unit at Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science, eating salted eggs can increase cholesterol levels in the body, exceeding the recommended amount every day which is 300 mg. Especially in a salted egg can contain 300-600 mg of cholesterol, depending on the manufacturing process.
Making salted eggs that are intentionally marinated with this salt, makes salted eggs have a very high sodium content.
Eating foods high in salt means eating foods that are rich in sodium. In fact, the WHO (World Health Organization) or World Health Institution recommends salt intake of only 5 grams (equivalent to sodium 2,000 mg) per day. Salt consumption above the permissible limit can contribute to the emergence of high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Salted eggs contain high sodium
Sodium is a substance in the form of electrolytes and minerals. This substance is needed by the body to maintain the electrolyte balance of the body, maintain water levels inside and outside the cells of the body, and support the work of muscles and nerves.
It's rare for a person to experience sodium deficiency, except for people with diarrhea, malnutrition, and heart failure. Conversely, too much sodium is clearly not good for health because many serious illnesses lurk when your body is over sodium.
Foods that contain high sodium mean high levels of salt. Usually found in fast food and processed food or packaging. Salted duck eggs or salted eggs are among these food groups.
In other words, consuming too much marinated duck eggs risks risking your health. To avoid the possibility of hypertension or high blood pressure, you are advised to consume salty foods, including salted eggs, wisely.
The effect of excessive salt consumption
Eating low-salt foods can help you avoid high blood pressure or hypertension. An increase in excessive blood pressure can cause heart disease.
The task of the heart is to pump blood to flow through the blood vessels. The compressive power generated when blood flows and pushes the blood vessel wall can be measured and called blood pressure.
The higher the blood pressure, the more the heart works in pumping blood. High blood pressure or hypertension can trigger other serious illnesses, including strokes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), kidney failure, and heart failure. In fact, a scientific study proves that people who consume excessive salt have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack.
Salted duck eggs or salted eggs and other processed foods are delicious to make as a side dish, but you should avoid eating too much salted eggs because it can increase your risk of developing hypertension.
- Health Benefits of Eating Eggs (and their Side Effects)
- Eat Raw, Healthy Or Even Dangerous Eggs?
- 4 Myths That Are Wrong About Eating Eggs