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Should I eat more eggs?

Eggs are no longer considered a health hazard – in fact, they are incredibly good for you. So how many should you eat?

A source of cholesterol and salmonella outbreaks – no wonder eggs have been vilified for years. But the days of going to work on an egg may well return. Sales of eggs in the UK rose by 2.4% in 2014. The British Heart Foundation not only dropped its advice to limit eggs to three a week in 2007, but now has egg recipes (and not just for egg-white omelettes) on its website.

The egg is increasingly being exonerated as a health hazard – the latest findings from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the US say that eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect levels of cholesterol in the blood, and hence it has dropped its restrictions on dietary cholesterol. A large yolk contains 210mg, and the previous cholesterol limit was 300mg a day. The committee’s latest draft report says that eating saturated fat in some meat and dairy products may be more significant factors in clogging up arteries and contributing to heart disease.

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Women don’t like public speaking? Small wonder

Female voices must assert themselves but not in a way that echoes the boorish bellows of macho debate

The spectacle of Ed Miliband in preposterous, hell yes mode, thrusting forward to assure high-ranking male Jeremy Paxman that he said no, righ’, he stood up to the leader of the free world, righ’, let me tell you, let me tell you righ’, appears to have convinced some waverers, maybe as many as 58%, that he might, after all, be virile enough to be our leader.

A Channel 4 studio audience, already warming to Miliband’s transformation from little tailor to snarling Putin aggressor, actually applauded his alpha moment. Encouraging as this is for Miliband and his strategists, it may dismay many of the people who had previously cherished his marked dissimilarity to Jeremy Clarkson, and depress aspiring women politicians for whom male dominance displays – hell yes I’m tough enough, let me tell you righ’, etc – may feel both strained and, in their case, electorally unpromising.

Women are more frightened of only two other things: losing a family member and being buried alive

The tendency is, with the shadow of Boris looming over us, for ever louder, more fluent, more exhibitionist politicians

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Big trouble in little Chinatown as rent rises force restaurant owners out

Londoners and tourists have enjoyed the oriental food and ambience in this city centre enclave since the 1950s. Now the red lanterns may soon vanish for ever

Jon Man points at the busy KFC a few doors along from his own restaurant on Wardour Street, one of the small number of bustling streets that make up London’s Chinatown. “That’s the best business around here,” he says. “That’s the one I would choose.”

Man’s parents emigrated from Hong Kong in the 1950s to work in Britain’s growing restaurant trade, bolstered as it was by the willingness of those freshly returned from foreign frontlines to taste new foods. His mother washed up while his father made Shanghai noodles, because few others could, before turning his hand to supplying foodstuffs from Covent Garden to the burgeoning number of local restaurants.

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The foodie traveller … chef Valentine Warner in Mexico City

The TV chef was amazed by the sheer variety Mexican cuisine has to offer – including a taco made with an ingredient he had never imagined eating …

All my preconceptions about Mexican food were blown out of the water on my first trip to the country, when I discovered a cuisine that offers everything from butch street food to incredibly refined dishes, from hearty food like grandmother’s mole to delicate crab soups.

I love to explore street stalls and local places to eat rather than posh restaurants and, while I was in Mexico City, I had two extraordinary experiences.

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Feminism doesn’t mean a battle of the sexes, but a common goal for all

Those who worry that the advances for women’s rights mean disempowering men have it all wrong. Feminism is for all of us, because the inequalities we face are all related

Looking out over a sea of hands on a recent school visit, I felt a warm rush of elation at the sight of every single pupil raising their arm to affirm that they were a feminist.

Except that’s not quite what happened.

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I’m not a ‘Nipple Nazi’, I’m a breastfeeding counsellor

My role is to support women who want to breastfeed, and respecting a woman’s choice not to. Because they’re her breasts

Her baby is nine days old when she calls. In a voice thickened with tears: “He’s lost weight, the midwife says I have to give him formula.”

I have heard this countless times. I try to respond as sympathetically and tactfully as I can. I cannot directly contradict her midwife, yet I must empathise. “You sound so upset,” I say. “Do you want to use formula?”

I feel honoured to have witnessed a woman find confidence in herself.

I cannot tell her what to do, and more importantly, I do not want to.

Most breastfeeding advocates are not concerned if a woman does not want to breastfeed.

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Our pets are getting too fat. As I found out, indulging them can have serious consequences

My cat got diabetes because her diet was unhealthy and I overfed her. I’ve learned my lesson

This week, the animal charity PDSA warned about the growing number of obese pets in Britain: 80% of veterinary professionals reported seeing a rise in overweight cats, dogs, rodents and rabbits brought into their surgeries over the past two years. About one in three dogs, one in four cats and one in four rabbits weigh more than they ought to. As a result, weight-related illnesses are also on the rise: heart disease, arthritis, certain types of cancer and, yes, diabetes among them. Just like us, our pets have become overfed and under-exercised.

My cat, Dollface, was never tiny. Not even when she was three months old and I carried her home in a cardboard box. She looked then like a six-month-old, somewhere between kittenhood and an adult, as if she just had to grow into her ears.

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The comeback knit: how fashion fell for the cardigan

Sweaters monopolised our winter wardrobes, but this spring expect to see a new knitwear star: the cardigan. From Rihanna’s granny chic to Christopher Kane, it’s time for the twinset

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Is the photograph on your dating profile really showing your best side?

Swipe Right, our new advice column, tackles the tricky world of online dating. This week: photographs and more

Get help making your profile work: forward screenshots to askevaguardian@gmail.com for a personal critique and upgrade

The photographs that we use to introduce ourselves to potential partners are crucial. Anyone who’s ever browsed a dating site or app also knows that a lot of people are just bad at picking pictures of themselves.

None of the brave folks who have sent in their profiles for critique have agreed to have their photos published (yet). And I get that! But I feel like I can’t go any further without bringing up a few crucial things to keep in mind when you’re curating your personal gallery. Being conventionally attractive (whatever that means) will boost your chances of your photos engaging interested parties, but so will:

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Pet obesity a growing problem in the UK

Increasing numbers of obese cats, dogs and rabbits are developing similar health problems to overweight humans, says animal charity the PDSAThe number of fat cats – and dogs and rabbits – is expected to outstrip healthy ones within five years, as pet o…
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