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Bacon and Eggs Good for the Brain?
I ran across this story the other day about bacon and eggs boosting brain power in baby mice if the pregnant mice were fed a certain nutrient found in bacon and eggs. Hmmm....as if pregnant women aren't already confused enough. Should they be eating bacon and eggs now?
The nutrient in question is choline. We have known for a long time that choline is important for developing brains, and it is also good for aging brains (we are all aging....). Egg yolks are high in choline, and you can find small amounts in bacon, too. This is one reason why you don't want to throw away those precious nutrient rich yolks. That trend to throw away yolks due to the high fat and cholesterol content of the yolk lead to wasted nutrients thrown into garbage cans all over the world.
Other good sources of choline:
- Legumes (beans!)
- Soybeans (tofu, veggie alternatives, edamame, etc)
- Soy lecithin (powder or pills)
- Broccoli, cauliflower
- Nuts (almonds, peanuts)