15 Feb Eggs Really Are Incredible!
~Written by Rose Colleran~
It’s no wonder people are confused about what they should be eating! Food science seems to be ever changing and the press is always reporting on some new study that contradicts the findings of some other study. Do you remember the “Low-Fat” and “Fat Free” craze of the 80’s and 90’s? We now know this has significantly contributed to an obesity epidemic not only in our country, but also across the world. Another tragic diet misstep was the recommendation to avoid eating eggs in fear that they would raise your cholesterol levels and lead to heart disease. Wrong! In the last 4o years, there has been significant research proving this to be a fallacy.
I eat eggs nearly every day: fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, in frittatas, omelet’s and even as a “muffin”. Why? Because remember the “Incredible Edible Egg” ad campaign? Well, it turns out eggs really are incredible! Eggs are an excellent source of protein that also include 11 vitamins and minerals and are a source of healthy fats. This article even coins eggs as “one of the healthiest, most nutritious foods on the planet.” The protein found in eggs helps to build strong muscles, slow the rate of potential muscle loss, fuel the brain, nervous system and metabolism, aid in improving your immune system, lower the risk of heart disease, prevent macular degeneration (age related blindness) and support weight loss and maintenance. Need I go on? I could, but you get the point!
According to Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic, “Chicken eggs are high in cholesterol, but the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal.” Further, in this great article, “The Great Cholesterol Myth”, Clinical Nutritionist Laurie Warren writes, “Cholesterol is a vitally important substance in the body. That’s why your liver will make whatever you don’t eat!” She continues, “Removing cholesterol from your diet simply means that your liver is going to have to work harder to make the cholesterol that is a foundational building block in your body’s health systems.”
So, run right out and buy some eggs! AND, when you go to the store, don’t let all the different types of eggs you can buy confuse you. Check out these two articles for help on breaking down the labels:
Here are two new egg recipes you can try: