I was with a group of women the other day. We were discussing what we eat for breakfast. There were varying answers, “oatmeal”, “yogurt” and “egg whites” among others. I chimed in, “I eat three eggs every day.” Mouths hung open, they practically gasped. Eggs? The whole egg—even the yolk?! They were horrified. What about cholesterol? Aren’t they bad for you?
Somewhere along the line, the incredible edible egg became one of the most maligned foods of the 20th century and for many this bad rap has fallen over into the 21st. It is such a shame.
I’ll admit, I believed it too. I didn’t eat eggs for years, decades even. Eggs were bad. There was so much cholesterol in that little shell. Heart disease, here I come. Right? Well, it turns out no. Wrong. The cholesterol in eggs is the natural kind. When it is created by nature and not a processing plant, it reacts much differently in our bodies. And in this case, the cholesterol in eggs is not only good for you, it is actually protective. Eggs increase HDL which is the good cholesterol. It also turns small, dense LDL (which is bad) into large LDL (which is benign). It has been proven that eggs have no connection to heart disease or stroke in otherwise healthy people.
A large egg has 77 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of healthy fat (I’m going to leave healthy fats not making you fat for another post) as well as all 9 essential amino acids. Eggs also have iron, phosphorous, selenium, and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5. Eggs have choline, an important brain nutrient that 90% of Americans are deficient in. Eggs also have two super antioxidants, Lutein and Zeaxanthine which protect against age related eye diseases.
Contrary to being public enemy number one, eggs are a superfood and should be eaten often. Eggs also are super filling and keep you satiated longer than most other breakfast foods.
So please, go back to your love affair with eggs. Buy organic, omega-3 enriched eggs. Enjoy them to your hearts content (yeah-I went there).
I have been eating 3 eggs a day for a few years now. My cholesterol has gone down.
How about you? Do you eat eggs? If not, are you willing to give them another chance? Please leave a comment below.
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