The media has gone back and forth so much, many people wonder, "Are Eggs Healthy?" Every diet is different. Let's look at eggs to see if they are a good food for you.
One large egg has 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat, with only two grams of saturated fat. Although eggs are high in cholesterol, recent studies have shown that eating saturated fat will raise your cholesterol more than eating cholesterol.
An Egg a Day
You can protect your eyes with 6-7 eggs a week. Move over carrots: eggs seem to be MADE specifically for eye health*. Vitamins A, D, and B12, zinc, lutein, lecithin, and cysteine are all great for your eyes and found in eggs - in forms that are much easier for your body to use than if you just took a multi-vitamin instead. Research shows you reduce your chances of macular degeneration and cataracts by eating eggs. *Carrots are great for your eyes. Eat both.
Eggs also have choline for your brain and sulfur for your hair and nails. Studies have also shown a 44% reduction in the chances of breast cancer with women who ate at least six eggs a week!
How Do You Like Your Eggs?
Just as the health benefits of fresh romaine and spinach are decreased by gobs of ranch dressing and bacon bits, your once healthy egg increases its fat content when fried in butter.
A hard boiled egg has no added fat, and a little garlic salt goes a long way. My favorite egg is scrambled with spinach, fresh wilted, or frozen. Add cheese and garlic instead of salt and scramble in healthy olive oil, and you've got a great protein packed breakfast!
"So, Are Eggs Healthy?"
The simple answer is, "in moderation". One egg a day can do a lot of good, especially if you replace higher fat meats with an egg instead. I believe in eggs. Not to get metaphysical on you, but eggs are made perfect, just the way they are. Fat and cholesterol are necessary for the digestion of the protein in eggs. If you are concerned about too much fat and cholesterol in your diet, better to cut back to three or four eggs a week than to mess with the fat/protein ratio in eggs with those creepy egg substitutes.
Some Eggs are Better Than Others
Research has shown that farm raised chickens produce eggs with less cholesterol and saturated fat and more vitamins than commercially raised factory eggs. Granted, this research was conducted by cage-free egg lovers, but if you can get your hands on some farm fresh eggs, your taste bugs will tell you they are better. Warning: it will be hard to go back to grocery store shipped-across-the-country eggs once you've had farm fresh from pasture raised chickens.
Are eggs healthy? You BET they are! Add them to your diet today!Once you know "Are Eggs Healthy?", return to the Home Page