Saco- Indonesia.com - Sehat tidaknya mengonsumsi telur masih menjadi kontroversi. Pendapat terbaru menyebutkan, konsumsi telur secara berlebihan akan meningkatkan risiko penyakit jantung dan stroke.

Meski selama ini telur dianggap "jahat" karena kandungan kolesterolnya, tapi menurut penelitian yang dimuat dalam New England Journal of Medicine, ternyata bukan kolesterol dalam telur yang meningkatkan risiko penyakit jantung.

Zat metabolit yang ditemukan dalam kuning telur yang disebut licithin disebut sebagai biang keladinya. Saat lecithin dicerna, ia akan dipecah menjadi komponen yang berbeda, termasuk senyawa kimia kolin.

Ketika bakteri di usus memetabolisme kolin, akan dilepaskan kandungan yang oleh liver diubah menjadi komponen yang disebut trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO).

"TMAO akan mempercepat plak dan pengumpulan kolesterol di pembuluh darah sehingga risiko penyakit jantung dan stroke meningkat," kata Stanley Hazen, kepala departemen kedokteran sel dan molekuler di Cleveland, AS.

Hasil penelitian tersebut dipublikasikan dua minggu setelah kelompok peneliti melaporkan tentang carnitin (ditemukan di daging merah dan minuman energi) dan risiko serangan jantung.

"Kedua penelitian ini menunjukkan cara baru yang potensial untuk mengenali risiko pasien terkena penyakit jantung," kata Hazen.

Lantas, perlukah kita membuang kuning telur? Belum perlu. Menurut Hazen, masih diperlukan studi lebih mendalam untuk mengonfirmasi penemuan awal ini.

"Konsumsi dalam jumlah sedang adalah kunci. Selain itu kurangi makanan yang mengandung lemak tinggi dan kolesterol karena mengandung zat kimia yang akan diubah menjadi TMAO," katanya.

Sumber :Womens Health/Kompas.com

Editor:Maulana Lee
DOYAN MAKAN TELUR BERESIKO SAKIT JANTUNG?

BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.

Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China

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