Eggs have to be one of the most under regarded items, but I am here to change all of that for good! I’m not yolking after reading this, you won’t have any reason not to crack an egg.
A lot of stink arises around cholesterol in eggs. Yes it’s true eggs are high in cholesterol but what people don’t understand is that cholesterol eaten in our diet doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in our blood. Eggs actually raise the good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein HDL) which in turn lowers the risk of various health problems such as heart disease and stroke. The trusty egg contains every single B vitamin but that doesn’t make them b grade..
Never heard of it before? Well not many people have as around 90% of Americans don’t reach their daily requirements of Choline. Choline is an essential nutrient but you guessed it it’s found in eggs! Choline which is found in the yolk of the egg, is part of the B vitamin group. It’s used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signalling molecules in the brain. It is particularly eggcelent for pregnant and breastfeeding women as it contributes to brain and memory development. But alas it also increases memory in the oldies and plays a role in cognitive function.
Eggs are eggstra helpful for eye health. Eggs have Vitamin A and two key Antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin which build up the retina in the eye, and in turn prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
A more well known gold about these goodies is that they are packed with protein. Not only the whites as everyone believe but the yolks too! Each egg contains a round 6 grams of protein or 13% of your recommended protein. Protein teamed with amino acids makes eggs what nutritionists call a “complete protein” such high quality protein helps build muscles, keeps you fuller for longer and stay energised… I’m not eggsaggerating!
Those Who Should Be Eggstra Careful
Eggs are just eggceptional but for a select few omelettin’ is slide – those with diabetes and high cholesterol or hypertension should watch their intake.
Stuck on ways to include eggs in your diet? Let’s hatch a plan.
Having eggs for breakfast is a more traditional breakfast option. You make them how you like them. Hard-boiled, googey? in omelettes with lots of veggies and herbs?If you can’t flip it why not scrambled or poached for the oh so fancy? Why not mix it up with something savoury like french toast? It doesn’t matter how much or little you cook it, it will have the same nutrient density!
But just because I’ve told you about all these eggciting facts that doesn’t mean you should add in all the trimmings! Things to avoid are bacon, white bread, cheese and sauces.
One egg on a slice of wholemeal toast is the perfect well rounded brekky!
If you can’t slip an egg into brekky – no worries! A large egg contains just 71 calories making it the perfect snack! Hard boil a couple of eggs in advance for a easy grab and go option. If you aren’t token on plain hard boiled eggs why not add them to your sandwich or salads? Still thinking of excuses why not add an egg to your veggie stir fry or like a true Aussie add an egg to your hamburger mate!
So don’t be such a chicken and next time you are in search of a nutritious breakfast, healthy snack or some extra protein look no further then the trusty egg.