Eggs. They are such a controversial food. If you thought the hardest decision to make when it comes to eggs is scrambled or over easy, you are in for a surprise. Many doctors and nutritionists go back and forth on whether or not eggs are a healthy and crucial part of a daily diet.
On one hand, some people say that too many eggs will add too much cholesterol and fat in your diet. Others says that eating eggs whole is healthier than just eating egg whites. Then there are still others who think that all animal protein sources should be eliminated from the diet for the healthiest life possible.
So what is the real truth about eggs?
Let’s start off with the cholesterol side of the matter. Yes, eggs can raise your cholesterol. But – and this is a big but – when eaten in moderation, whole eggs will increase levels of healthy cholesterol. What is moderation? About two to three eggs a day is perfect.
Then there is the whole fat conflict. A single egg has seven grams of fat. Therefore, making a two-egg scramble will put your meal roughly at 140 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein. For those who are counting calories, that number may seem shocking compared to other breakfast foods. However, the fat found in whole eggs is good for you. Healthy fats are essential for our bodies and brains. Since eggs are a balanced portion of calories, fat, and protein, they will keep you full and satisfied longer than a bowl of cereal. Of course, you could always mix one whole egg with several egg whites to increase your protein intake while decreasing your calorie and fat intake.
Before you shun the egg yolk completely, you must understand how many nutrients one gets from eating the yolk. Egg yolks contain nutrients that can be beneficial to your health. They also provide vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, iron, and folate, thus making the caloric intake nutrient concentrated. Isn’t it worth the calories and fat to consume something so good for your body?
One last thing to consider about eggs is the type of egg you are consuming. Healthy chickens lay healthy eggs, and not so healthy chickens lay not so healthy eggs. Which one do you want to eat? Look for organic eggs from free-range chickens. Factory farm chickens are stressed out majority of the time and will pass on the stress hormone to their eggs. Plus, their eggs will not contain the amount of nutrients as an organic egg from a free-range chicken.
So, how do you like your eggs? Sunny side up? Hardboiled? In a quiche? No matter how you prepare your eggs, make sure they are healthy and in moderation.
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