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Fad Swings, Eggs Now Cool to Eat Again

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CHICAGO, Dec 09, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The pendulum on what's healthy food and what isn't has swung back in favor of eggs, whose popularity and process are on the rise.

One of the contributing factors is the popular Atkins diet, which is high in protein, low in fat, and kind to eggs, the Chicago Sun-Times said Tuesday.

"Eggs are back," says Lou Raffel, president of the American Egg Board, who added people recoiled when he told them where he worked.

"'The American Egg Board? Oh my God,'" Raffel recalled. "'Those things are awful. They'll kill you.'"

The American Heart Association has relaxed dietary recommendations on eggs, and new studies suggest they are good for eye health and are beneficial during pregnancy, the Egg Board said.

Still, the price of eggs hasn't increased as much as other proteins, such as beef and pork, Raffel said.

"The wholesale prices have cracked 20-year highs, but the retail prices haven't," he said.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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